SPENCER Fildes of the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) is "aghast at the news that Mr Robertson has publicly targeted our society in sermons at Mr [Ken] Cunningham's Cartsbridge Church" ("Banning creationism lessons is dangerous, warn headteachers", The Herald, November 21).
JIMMIE Macgregor's letter on Dr Hannah Stirling (Letters, November 15), prompted me to write about that other great champion of Loch Lomond, Tom Weir.
I APPRECIATE Colette Douglas-Home's analysis of alcoholism ("We must fight the plague of alcoholism in our society", The Herald, November 18).
THERE is a public perception that hospital food is very poor and the publicity about nutritional meals being made legal can only add to this misconception ("Hospitals could be required by law to serve quality meals", The Herald, November 18).
THE article by Peter Peacock is a timely reminder of what the EU is about and that the trading agreement is only a part of the whole ("Inside Track:
I NOTE with interest you report disruption caused by night-time freight trains ("Noisy night-time trains found to breach health guidelines", The Herald, November 18).
IT seems that as one exceeds the bus pass qualification age by a few years or so, more and more matters in life pass one by unnoticed.
The warning from Royal Mail that competition from rival delivery firms is putting the Universal Service Obligation (USO) at risk ("Drop in Royal mail profits threatens universal delivery", The Herald, November 20) is utterly predictable.
WE believe the Smith Commission presents a significant opportunity to introduce limited variations on the overall UK migration policy that would enable Scotland to craft its own policy on the issue of high-skill migration that better reflects the need of Scotland's economy and demography and Scottish public opinion.
DURING the Holyrood farewell to the departing First Minister, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie repeats the unsupported charge, echoed over the last few weeks by a few dissatisfied Unionists, that the independence referendum has divided the nation and left wounds that will "take many years to heal" ("Referendum energised our nation", says Salmond on his last day", The Herald, November 19).Where does he see these wounds in our country ?
I WAS astonished to read that an East Ayrshire sheriff felt he would be "failing in his duty" if he did not "impose a custodial sentence" of 21 days on a young man of ostensibly "good character" who failed to show up for his second day of jury service ("Juror jailed for lying to avoid court service", The Herald, November 18).
JOHN Edwards (Letters, November 17) seeks to defend the receipt of charitable status by Scottish independent schools on the grounds of their "positive economic impact".
IAIN Lyall's letter (November 18) claiming that there is a very simple test to know if you are fit to drive - "don't drink any alcohol at all before driving" - has a flaw.
I AM moved by compulsion to erstwhile commend Drew Allan on his entertainment-wise commentary on English as it emerges from the mangle not from the mouths of babes but from their elders and betters when distressed by stress from time to time ("Celebrity goofs are laws of the jungle", The Herald, November 18).
I WRITE on behalf of the Scottish Association of Law Centres.
THE impending economic collapse David Cameron is warning about is entirely due to the economic policies he and other world leaders have pursued ("PM warns over global economy", The Herald, November 18).
THE three Unionist parties continue to assure us that "significant new powers" will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament under the aegis of the Smith Commission.
R RUSSELL Smith (Letters, November 18) in his nostalgic recall of the days when teachers could physically chastise (assault, really) pupils, reminded me of an informal vox pop carried out by my daughter, a teacher, in my local a couple of years ago.
IT may beggar Colette Douglas Home's belief that science cannot find a cure for alcoholism, but what really beggars belief is that she thinks it could ("We must fight the plague of alcoholism which besets our society", The Herald, November 18).
I AM truly saddened that such an intelligent contributor to these letters pages as Allan C Steele should put his name to such a divisive and ill-considered letter as that on hunting (November 18).
I WOULD like to congratulate reader Tom MacPherson on his beautiful portrayal of Glen Lyon that was chosen as your Picture of the Day on November 12.
I WRITE in relation to your report on figures released this week which unveiled the impact that being released from hospital without adequate support is having on our older population ("Elderly at risk after hospital release", The Herald, November 17).
BILL Findlay (Letters, November 17) should understand that informed voters are aware that the council tax makes up generally only about 20 per cent of the revenues available to local government.
I AM bewildered and bemused (sometimes amused) at two subjects which consistently appear in your columns; the fact that Alex Salmond was a failure as leader of the SNP and the notion that the SNP should "accept" the result of the referendum (Letters, November 15).
I NOTE with interest your report on Jura's Orwell tribute whisky ("Orwell tribute whisky has matured", The Herald, November 14).
IT is good to see mention made of those Merchant Navy seafarers who lost their lives during two world wars, too often unmentioned in Remembrance services and on war memorials throughout the country.("Wreaths laid for merchant seamen", The Herald, November 17).
RECENT contributions on prayers in school ( Letters, November 14 & 17) brought to mind some lines which many years ago we enjoyed in primary school re our authoritarian and much-respected headmaster:
IT was of interest to note the Duke of Cambridge's impassioned plea to end the practise of illegal poaching ("Prince attacks illegal poaching", The Herald, November 17).
HARRY M Morrison asks if there could not be a home test available that would indicate your fitness, or otherwise, to drive after consuming a glass of wine or a small lager or beer (Letters, November 14).
IT no doubt suits the prejudice of Scottish Defence League (SDL) followers to use recent events in Rochdale and Rotherham to seek to spread their racist bigotry through public demonstrations ("Police in large-scale disorder warning over far-right march", The Herald, November 17).