THE Agenda contribution by Dave Moxham about the dangers posed to democracy by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is one of the very few expositions I have seen on this proposal ("The people will ensure this is one trade deal not passed on the nod", The Herald, April 11).
SINCE the RSPB would try to stop the world from turning just to preserve the nesting site of a single pair of birds, how can it justify turning an area of the Flow Country into a bird-free zone while it builds a structure that continues to be vehemently opposed by the entire community at the heart of the Forsinard reserve?
I AGREE with the concise judgment of Richard Morris (Letters, April 17), when he says that " first-past-the-post is no longer fit for purpose".
NICOLA Sturgeon thinks the onus is on Ed Miliband to make a deal with her or else he will be responsible for letting David Cameron back into Downing Street ("Miliband snubs Sturgeon's offer to lock out the Tories", The Herald, April 17).
RICHARD Mowbray (Letters, April 17) writes very well; he pulls statistics together in a way that appears logical.
THANKS to Iain Macwhirter for an interesting and insightful article regarding yet another possible outcome of this most fascinating of UK General Elections ("A LibLab coalition with SNP support would be closest to a dream coalition".
DISCUSSION of the new Southern Genera l University Hospital in Glasgow ("Wholesome food, takeaways and M&S at new city hospital", The Herald, April 14, and Letters, April 15) brings to mind an amusing episode.
"FEAR 'talking Scotland down' is blinding many to the facts', according to Joan Mitchell (Letters, April 16).
THE Rev Dr John Cameron (Letters, April 16) doubts "whether Raphael Lemkin was justified in comparing it (the Armenian Genocide) to the industrialised extermination of Eastern Europe's Jews".
I HAVE noticed a significant improvement already since Abellio took over the Scotrail franchise.
ONE independent economic analyst after another has warned about the economic consequences of the SNP's policy of fiscal autonomy yet support for the nationalists continues its inexorable rise.
CONTRARY to the comments attributed to Jim Murphy and Stewart Hosie in your front-page news story ("Conservatives accused of 'betraying Scotland' on tax", The Herald, April 15) , there is nothing in the Conservative Party manifesto contrary to the Smith Commission Agreement and there is nothing in it that will bar Scottish MPs from voting on the Budget.
AT the tyre-fitting specialist garages does anyone know of a circumstance where a faulty tyre has been given a puncture repair (at low cost) without needing replaced (at high cost) ?
THE roots of the Armenian "genocide" (Letters, April 15) lie in the collapse of the relatively benign Ottoman Empire which had allowed non-Muslims to maintain their religious and social structures.
THE result of the recent survey of GPs revealing that one-third are planning to retire by 2020 should come as no surprise given the repeated warnings of low morale, increasingly unsustainable workload, political interference and the apparent public perception that they are overpaid and underworked ("Fears of GP shortages as one-third of doctors plan to retire", The Herald, April 15).
I REFER to the latest in a long procession of scandals involving the UK banks ("Clydesdale hit by record fine over PPI ploy", The Herald, April 15).