I AM struck by the Labour Party's posturing that it will not "do a deal" with the SNP should it fail to win an outright majority in the forthcoming election.
IT comes as no surprise to us cynics that the major topic in the General Election has been manipulated into accusations of a new referendum in the pipeline.
I AM ramfeezled (Scots Word of the Week, The Herald, May 2) as to why my favourite section of the Herald, On This Day, states that Columbus discovered Jamaica (May 2).
I ADD my voice to the professionals calling for Glasgow City Council to do more to better inform the driving public about traffic restrictions, be they new or old, otherwise the accusation that bus lanes/gates are all about raising money, will stick.
KEITH Anderson, ScottishPower's chief corporate office writes about investing massive sums in power generation ("We must invest energy on keeping the lights on for the longer term", Agenda, The Herald, May 4) without mentioning microgeneration and the benefits of schemes such as small-scale wind generators, run-of-river schemes, geothermal heat, that can help to avoid excess investment in mega-systems that serve to further the exploitation of the earth and generation of profits for unsustainable commercial interests.
PEN International is composed of 147 centres in 101 countries, the only worldwide writers' association and now the most venerable of all human rights organisations.
ALISON Rowat's excellent opinion piece ("Democratic deficit in nation turning a sea of SNP yellow", The Herald, May 1) set out many of the dangers for Scotland if the opinion polls landslide becomes reality.
MANY of us in the SNP have long suspected that the Labour Party would rather see the Tories in power than work together with Scot Nats ("Sturgeon slates Miliband pledge to sacrifice power", The Herald, May 1).
THE magnificent new hotel, sorry, hospital in Govan on the south side of Glasgow that has recently admitted its first patient almost makes me wish I could be admitted myself for a minor procedure.
I AM sure that John Macmillan had the best of intentions when he wrote (Letters, May 1) that making vehicles travel at a maximum of 20mph within our cities will dramatically increase air pollution.
I NOTE with interest the discussion surrounding the concern expressed within the Church of Scotland over the possibility of ministers being sued for declining to wed gay couples ("Kirk warns ministers face legal challenge for refusing to wed gay couple", The Herald, April 28, and Letters, April 30).
Less than a year from the ''once in a lifetime'' referendum, a leading Nationalist wishes a second plebiscite in the first line of the SNP's Holyrood manifesto.
I hope that, on reflection, Ruth Davidson will realise how foolish her comments that Scotland risks becoming "Balkanised to an extent" and "not quite like Northern Ireland, but somewhere closer to it" in the aftermath of an entirely peaceful, democratic referendum were (Leader interviews, News, April 26).
I am in my late 70s and have been active in UK politics for over 60 years, since I first went to work in a coal mine at 15.
In your article on the proposed Strathallan Estate location of this summer's T in the Park festival, local resident is quoted as saying that "there is no ancient woodland at Strathallan" (Woodland Trust accused of dirty tricks to halt T in the Park, News, April 26).
Colin Donald shouldn't be surprised at the opposition TTIP has stirred up (Time running out for trade deal, Business, April 26).
IT is heartening to see that renewable energy, particularly wind, is providing an ever-growing share of Scotland's energy needs ("Increase in wind power output is welcomed", The Herald, April 2).
WHERE do you begin when your entire world is torn apart?
THE Real Food Real Folk co-operative of restaurateurs is to be congratulated on its Let's Eat Glasgow event planned for September ("New food festival will help tackle city's nutrition problem", The Herald, April 25).
THE Health and Sport Committee report in to the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill says that the Bill needs "significant amendment" ("Conscience' vote for MSPs on suicide Bill", The Herald, May 1).
I'M not surprised that many people still haven't decided how to vote on May 7.
WITH a focus on skill shortages, particularly for small and medium-sized firms, your editorial ("Constructing a skills-based future for young people", The Herald, April 28) points to the spotlight which is being thrown on the need for a significant home-building boost across the UK by all political parties.
AS a recently-retired secondary school principal teacher of 38 years' experience, I wasn't at all surprised to read that standards of literacy in Scottish schools are falling ("Fall in literacy skills in Scottish schools", The Herald, April 29).
I WAS surprised to read your editorial which interprets the Supreme Court's ruling that the UK Government must take action to produce air quality plans by the end of 2015 as a blow to the bus industry ("It is long past time to clear the air on urban pollution, The Herald, April 30) Improving Scotland's air quality is vitally important but it is simply incorrect to lay blame at the door of the bus - 3.7 per cent of Scotland's transport emissions are attributable to the bus and coach; 40 per cent comes from the private car.
IT was good to hear a breakout of common sense in Len McCluskey 's comments about expecting Ed Miliband to work with the SNP ("Jacket is off as PM fights to keep grip on power", The Herald, April 28).
ROSEMARY Goring ("Fortunes of osprey pair must take precedence", The Herald, April 27) states that T in the Park has been granted permission to relocate.
THE correspondence regarding GP practice continues to pile up (Letters, April 27, 28 & 29).