THE Royal Mail decision to feature British comedy acts on stamps is no laughing matter ("Corbett and Connoly among stars to deliver comedy gold in new stamps", The Herald, April 1) .
ONCE again facts are ignored to promote the protection of raptors ("Attacks on birds of prey down despite 'worst ever' poisoning", The Herald, April 1).
AS a coalition we were delighted to see extra support and greater rights for children and young people in care comes into force this week.
ONE might have thought that after 25 years of ineffectual carriage of bikes on trains, the incoming Abellio ScotRail might attempt to make a better fist of the task than their predecessors First ScotRail.
THE Scottish ancestry of the major Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov (1814-41) prompted a series of translations for his bicentenary.
IN reply to Professor James Chalmers and others (Letters, March 31) on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill it is asserted there is an "alarming lack of clarity in Scots law" on the matter and an "absence of any published prosecutorial guidance".
ROSEMARY Goring's plea for an oasis of solitude in this gadget-driven, technological world ("Much to be said for just a little bit of solitude", The Herald, March 30) is well-intentioned but she overlooks the obvious solution.
LETTERS (March 24, 27 & 28) about the mountain hare population in Scotland brought back to mind the experience I had in the winter of about January 2012.
YOUR correspondents David Stubley (Letters, March 25) and Ian Johnstone (Letters, March 30) should move from continual attacks on George W Bush and Tony Blair over the second Iraq war.
THE BBC has faced much criticism this year for the coverage of referendum and post referendum politics.
RUTH Marr's response (Letters, March 31) to Richard Mowbray's letter (March 30) was entirely in point.
IT seems clear that the possibly enlarged SNP group at Westminster really does plan to undermine UK governance, upset the apple cart, and reiterate grievances rather than take a positive role in restoring the UK's fortunes.
IN reply to David Beckett (Letters, March 30) I would never criticise the NHS staff for their hard work and dedication but I would criticise those who run the service and for the politicians for making it a political football.
TRANSPORT Minister Derek MacKay's impending announcement this week of rail travel inducements ("Jobseekers to get free rail travel under new franchise", The Herald, March 30) seems a progressive step at first view.
I'D like to offer Keith Bruce ("Musicians are not cheering new radio schedule", Herald Arts, March 30) some encouraging information about BBC Radio Scotland's support for musicians and music lovers in Scotland.
THE debate on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill has drawn attention to an alarming lack of clarity in Scots law.
I HAVE just received an election leaflet from Scottish Labour.
QUITE obviously the SNP are on a roll at the moment and party delegates celebrated that at their Glasgow conference.
THE contaminated blood victims have suffered greatly and everyone should hope that there is now a generous settlement in their favour ("£12m contaminated blood probe branded a whitewash", The Herald, March 26).
REGARDING the introduction of 20 mph speed limits in Edinburgh, your correspondents (Letters, March 21, 25, 26 & 27) have missed an important point: the capital has no need to install speed bumps.
THE problem with Bernard Zonfrillo's plea for the increased development and use of electric-powered vehicles and transport (Letters, March 25) is the potential shortfall in the availability of power to charge the vehicle batteries.
DAVID Stubley (Letters, March 27) in reference to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report on glyphosate seems unaware that half of all known chemicals test as carcinogenic and that includes the thousands of natural pesticides that Mr Stubley eats happily in fruit and vegetables.
CLIENTS and carers of our local Eastwood Dementia project were recently advised that due to withdrawn funding a severe reduction in hours of direct service would result.
FOR some, the connection with the countries which make up the Commonwealth has become weaker since the political masters within the UK decided that the future of the UK was better served by creating stronger political and economic links with the European Union rather than with the Commonwealth.
You are right to point out how reliant Israel is on the US but that nation's support is secure despite Obama's tantrums (Falling out?, The World, March 22).
Jamie McCallum's follow-up piece about his Down's Syndrome daughter, Rosie, now two years old, touched me deeply (What not to say about Rosie, Essay of the week, March 22).
Iain Macwhirter argues that if Barnett was abolished "there would be a budgetary shortfall, not least because of the collapse of the oil price" (Another nail in the coffin of Osborne's UK, Comment, March 22).
IT is interesting that Ian Graham's letter (March 26) criticising the social impact of the Scottish Government's policies for continuing education coincided with your report on recruitment to the Scottish universities ("Universities are making progress on fair access for poorer pupils", The Herald, March 26).
FOLLOWING my letter (March 27) regarding Jeremy Clarkson in terms of the boorishness of our celebrity culture and self-obsessed society, in the light of last night's leaders' debate on TV, may I be allowed to further qualify my thoughts?
I READ, with some concern, the letter (March 24) from Duncan Orr-Ewing, which suggested that grouse moor managers, in particular, are responsible for excessive culls on the mountain hare populations.