We agree with the hope, expressed in your leader, that the appointment of two more women to the SNP government Cabinet is more than window-dressing (Positive message reaping rewards, Editorial, April 13).
Economics is often called the "dismal science", but a science of sorts it is.
Ian Bell rightly doubts whether the fiasco of the Red Road flats shows Glasgow - and Scotland - to be "brave and confident", as claimed by the Commonwealth Games organisers (The art of creating a stushie, Comment, April 13).
Defending the view that opposition to same-sex marriage need not be homophobic, Martin Allen says:
The lack of balance in your article, Revealed:
In attempting to divert attention from the obviously pro-active, politically motivated, intervention by the Permanent Secretary of the Treasury in the debate on the currency following Scottish independence, Graeme Crawford seeks to impugn the reputation and integrity of Scottish Government civil servants by implying that they engage in, or condone, "politicisation" in the performance of their duties.
THE issue of health inequalities is both complex and sometimes confusing ("Babies born in Glasgow have UK's shortest life expectancy".
I SERVE on both the congregational board and the property committee of my local parish church and have just completed yet another consultation on the possible removal of the exemption scheme for small third-sector organisations in respect of water and sewerage charges.
I NOTE with interest recent correspondence about the planting of trees in or close to Caledonian pinewood remnants such as Abernethy, where the RSPB has announced plans for re-instating the woodland's missing broadleaved tree component by planting 100,000 trees (Letters, April 15 & 17).
YOU state that there were 200 servicemen on the ill-fated vessel Iolaire and that all perished when she went aground on January 1, 1919 ("Salmond in tribute to Iolaire victims", The Herald, April 18).
I WAS surprised that your excellent obituary (April 18) of Dundee United's Frank Kopel did not mention the fantastic goal he scored against Anderlecht in the UEFA cup in October, 1979.
ANDREW McKie says that independence is not necessarily the best way to get rid of a Tory Government or nuclear weapons ("Why I believe it makes little sense to unravel the Union", The Herald, April 17).
FOR the sake of clarity, the Rev David Court joined the Free Church of Scotland and helped set up the Christ Church Edinburgh congregation more than six months ago ("Funds lost as wealthy churches quit in new gay protest", The Herald, April 16).
I WRITE in relation to the latest statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) concerning youth unemployment ("Jobless young 'fall between cracks'", The Herald, April 16).
I READ with interest Stephen Naysmith's article on the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) to remove polythene bin bags from its mental health wards and facilities ("Plastic bags ban in mental health wards after suicides", The Herald, April 17).
IT is difficult to believe that Ruth Davidson has only now discovered the link between poverty and educational underachievement ("Poorer pupils have less chance of getting top grades needed", The Herald, April 16).