YOUR article on councils' roads budgets following overspend on winter maintenance is amply illustrated on the A9 ("Prolonged winter leaves holes in council budgets", April 29).
WITH bus queues set to become much shorter due to the hordes of multi-millionaire pensioners handing back their bus passes, in one clearly thought-out and cogent pronouncement, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith seems set to clear the deficit with the huge savings this idea will garner ("Charity hits out at remarks over pensioners' benefits", The Herald, April 29).
ONCE again we who enjoy tobacco are to be treated as some form of canker on the health of the nation ("Big-store ban on tobacco displays begins", The Herald, April 29).
George Osborne's contribution to the independence referendum debate should be treated with some scepticism ("Chancellor pours scorn on SNP currency union plans", The Herald, April 24.
I WAS able to suppress any pangs of sympathy without too much difficulty when I read that GPs in Scotland were demoralised and feeling not valued with the 1.25% rise put on the table by the Scottish Government ("'GPs feel they are not valued", The Herald, April 27).
IF there is anything more likely to make one's blood boil it is the scandal of the pensions timebomb ("Pensions timebomb fear if Scots back independence", The Herald, 26 April).
AS someone who regularly takes visitors to Glasgow to the excellent Burrell Museum, I was interested in the latest announcement ("Big names assembled to spearhead Burrell revamp", The Herald, April 26.
THE way cycle paths are constructed is just as much a matter of human rights as the proposed strict liability law, which rightly presumes fault lies with the motorist rather than the cyclist in the event of a collision.
ON a recent mooch around the Gorbals, I was very impressed by the general buzz of activity in the area.
THE ironic negativity of Glasgow-Aye Right!
One of the core problems of an NHS which is supposed to cope for seven days a week is that GPs have been allowed to opt out of seven-day cover (The end of the five-day-a-week NHS?, News, April 21).
The suggestion that independence for Scotland could lead to isolation is misleading (Sunday Herald debate on independence and the arts: taking on the fear factor, News, April 21).
Ruth Marr says the situation in Iraq is getting worse (Another view of Iraq's 'progress', Letters, April 21).
As Peter Russell stated, under devolution the Scottish Parliament has authority over housing, education and so on (Topic of the week – Thatcher's legacy: independence?, Letters, April 21).
We have eaten in the Fish People Café on many occasions, and never been disappointed (It's all at sea here, Food & drink, April 21).
NEXT month the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will assemble in Edinburgh for the annual reunion of ministers and commissioners appointed by the presbyteries.
I GREATLY admire Dr Jim Swire's tenacity in his 20-year battle with politicians and legal authorities to get to the truth of the Lockerbie bombing atrocity (Letters, April 26).
MANY of the comments by Peter Scott, chief executive of Enable Scotland, require a response ("Let's all be partners", The Herald, April 26).
WHILE it is reassuring the Health Secretary Alex Neil acknowledges the pressure on NHS beds, it is simplistic to believe that simply keeping acute beds open, or reopening more, is the answer to the present and future accommodation problems in the NHS in Scotland ("No more hospital bed cuts, signals minister", The Herald, April 25).
AS a long-time Labour Party member I was disappointed to read your report that Ed Miliband's spokesman had accused Len McCluskey, pictured, general-secretary of the Unite trade union, of "disloyalty to the party" ("Miliband blasts Unite leader", The Herald, April 25).
AS leisure cyclists who long ago gave up cycling on anything but dedicated off-road tracks through fears for personal safety, we have some sympathy for the proposition that motorists should have strict liability in collisions with cyclists.
AS a regular visitor to Orkney, I can assure William Durward that there is no appetite to leave Scotland in the event of independence (Letters, April 27).
SO occupational pension schemes are underfunded ("Pensions timebomb fear if Scots back independence", The Herald, April 26).
The UK Government and Treasury are correct to envisage the political and economic consequences of Scottish independence ("Chancellor pours scorn on SNP currency union plans", The Herald, April 24).
The aircraft wreckage from the Lockerbie bombing has been moved to Dumfries and Galloway.
It is wrong by any measure that the number of people using food banks in Scotland has grown by 150% in the last year ("Food bank demand in Scotland more than doubles", The Herald, April 24).
You have reported on the rejection by surgeons at Gartnavel of suspect instruments and on the bland assurances of the First Minister that the incident is a triumph for the patient safety guarantee, rather than a deplorable lack of quality control in state-of-the-art scullery system at Cowlairs ("NHS operations delayed again", The Herald, March 29).
Your report on the Supreme Court judgment in the Salvesen agricultural tenancy case asserts that the court decision gives wealthy businessmen powers to force tenant farmers off their land ("Judges uphold right to evict tenant farmers", The Herald, April 25).
Steven Camley's cartoon on Glasgow's search for a new slogan was brilliant (The Herald, April 24).
A number of letters recently have touched on the subject of Scottish banknotes (April 23, 24 & 25).