ALAN Carroll's letter (June 6) urging the scrapping of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), deserves a lengthier response than can be contained in a letter, so I will confine myself to three observations.
I ONCE heard devolution described as constitutional vandalism.
REGARDING your recent correspondence on Latin (Letters, June 1, 2 & 3), some years ago the works football team at the bottling plant of William Grant & Sons Distillers had as its motto on their jerseys the legend PRO PARBOLL SUP.
HOW puzzling to read that Prince Harry has received a knighthood from the Queen ("Queen grants Prince Harry a knighthood in private ceremony", The Herald, June 5).
FOR once the UK Government has done Scotland a real and significant favour.
AFTER watching TV and reading your reports on parliamentary affairs in Britain I wonder if Nicola Sturgeon perhaps would benefit from a course in anger management".
ROBBIE Dinwoodie's very fine piece on Rory Gallagher ("My annual Taste of guitarist I still worship", The Herald, June 4) brought back many memories of one of the finest guitarists to play in any genre of music.
IT is absolutely essential that we all do whatever we can to prevent the selling-off of Royal Mail ("Clarion call to safeguard six-day post pledge from privatisation", The Herald, June 5).
I RECENTLY had occasion to be in Ayr Hospital for almost six week for procedures on my right foot (I am of an age where I can recall them being called operations).
NEWLY-DEVELOPED immunotherapy drugs are becoming available for treating cancers.
ALISON Rowat makes a case for public acceptance of the 10 per cent pay rise for MPs ("MPs must be bold and decide they are worth this pay rise", The Herald, June 5).
The Scottish Government has been attacked over its failure to meet Scotland's legal obligations on greenhouse gas emissions for the three years 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Scottish Government risks 'international disrepute' over failure to meet climate targets, News, May 31).
While I bow to Brian Mackenzie's superior knowledge about the safety of Trident, I must take issue with one aspect of his letter (Whistleblower no Trident authority, 31st May 2015).
I doubt if many children or parents would accept the conditions set out in the "big school" described in Iain Macwhirter's article on the arrival of the SNP intake into the House of Commons.
IF I mug someone for their wallet, I am guilty of theft and assault; if the person drops the wallet, I find it and keep it, I am guilty of theft by finding; if I sell the wallet, the person who buys it is guilty of reset.
Margo's law on assisted dying must not be swept under a Holyrood carpet (Right to die movement pins hopes on disabled Parkinson's sufferer, News and Suicide is probably the most fundamental of human rights, Comment, May 31).
I NOTE with interest recent correspondence on the subject of electoral reform (Letters, June 3 & 4).
THE sad death of Charles Kennedy may persuade the Scottish Government to contemplate and modify its hypocrisy about alcohol.
I WAS delighted to see that the Rev Andrew Frater and Bishop Spong had stirred up your readership to such an extent that an exploration of the Easter Gospel took such a predominant place in your Letters Pages (June 5) displacing politics, the NHS and even the death throes of the beautiful game.
THE £177 million budget cut imposed on Scotland by public-school educated millionaire inheritee George Osborne is simply the opening salvo as savage and brutal programme the Tories intend to inflict on Scotland ("Swinney attacks Osborne over £170m Holyrood cuts", The Herald, June 5).
THIS week I heard an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme with Kezia Dugdale, Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour and the favourite to take over from Jim Murphy as leader.
FOR those of us who have been involved in Scottish education over the past five years, there will be very few who will be surprised to hear of the call for industrial action at the EIS annual conference ("Scottish teachers threaten industrial action over pay", The Herald, June 3).
THE Rev Andrew Frater (Letters, June 4) defends his welcome of a visiting theologian to his church ("Resurrection-denying preacher plans return trip", The Herald, June 2) by stating: "By looking at the resurrection stories metaphorically one is not denying them; one is enhancing their significance in the present day." How ludicrous.
ALREADY in vernacular use is the term "blootered".
DURING his inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press, Judge Leveson suggested police whistleblowers take their concerns to an internal hotline rather than to reporters.
DOUGLAS R Mayer could hardly be more wrong (Letters, June 3).
THE latest report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that called for increased investment to boost economic growth and noted weak investment is hampering job creation (" Osborne warned to slow pace of austerity cuts", The Herald, June 4) should hardly come as a surprise.
RICHARD Mowbray (Letters, June 4) proclaims that the recent General Election result in Scotland shows that 50 per cent of the population are committed to the UK as their homeland.
YOUR editorial anent the death of Charles Kennedy seeks a better appreciation of our parliamentarians ("A politician with a grounded charm", The Herald, June 3).
AMONG the giants whom I knew in my protracted career as an undergraduate of Glasgow University, a list which extends from John Smith and Donald Dewar, there are few whom I recall with such affection as I recall Charles Kennedy ("'He achieved so much so young and he's been taken from us far too soon'", The Herald, June 3).