LIKE millions of others, I watched Eilidh Child's heroic attempt to win the Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles title ("Face of Games Eilidh Child is roared to silver in hurdles final", The Herald, August 1).
I WAS taken aback by Andrew Denholm's story on gender segregation in our universities and colleges ("Universities are urged to tackle gender segregation on courses".
THERE was an extraordinary and significant omission in Rosemary Goring's choice of 10 books to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World Wart (Checklist, The Herald, July 31).
I READ with interest Doug Gillon's article on the work of Kip Keino ("The legacy of Glasgow's Games will reach from Dalmarnock to the heart of Africa", Herald Sport, July 29) with special interest, as I lived and worked in Eldoret, Kenya, for two years in the late 1970s.
MARGARET Hinds, Chairman of Health Service Forum SE, raised concerns about traffic access to the new Southern General Hospital (Letters, July 30).
I WAS pleased to read in your editorial ("It is time for Israel and Hamas to start talking", The Herald, July 30) your recognition of the need for Israel to be prepared to talk to Hamas, but disappointed you repeated the current narrative that Hamas is responsible for the current conflict.
"NEVER let a good crisis go to waste," said Sir Winston Churchill and the Commons Defence Select Committee seems to agree with him ("Nato told to boost presence in Baltic to deter Russia attack", The Herald, July 31),.
IN calling for the ringfencing of funding to mend potholes both the Small Business Federation ("Call for ringfencing of funds to fix potholes", The Herald, July 28) and your editorial ("Businesses are suffering due to pothole neglect", The Herald, July 28) focus on repair costs and omit to address why potholes arise in the first place.
IT is wonderful to see that the athletes from the home countries are doing so well.
YES Scotland supporters are automatically backing Alex Salmond and his colleagues (Letters, July 29 & 30) because the Scotland's Future White Paper, which is the key guide for Yes campaigners is his baby, written as a manifesto for the 2016 election which (until recently) he expected to be won by the SNP with him still at the helm.
NEW figures released by Registers of Scotland showing a rise of more than 22 per cent in the volume of house sales for the fourth consecutive quarter should be welcomed cautiously.
FRED Karno's Army came to mind when I read your article on the IT situation within Police Scotland ("IT mismatch hampers single police force with eight computer systems", The Herald, July 30).
DAVID Ross's Inside Track article ("Written word puts trust in Highlands and Islands heritage", The Herald, July 30) is especially noteworthy in that it highlights what is perhaps a great secret about Scotland.
I TRUST that Gordon Evans (Letters, July 30) was one of the many spectators and viewers who were enthused by support for Unicef at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
I READ with interest your coverage of the Law Society of Scotland's position on tribunal fees ("Law Society calls for tribunal fees review", The Herald, July 29).
HELEN McArdle's article on what seems to have been transport chaos surrounding the Commonwealth Games ("Angry travellers are offered refunds over transport 'shambles'", The Herald, July 29) reinforces the anxiety that the Health Service Forum South East feels about the lack of forward planning for the traffic which will be generated by the opening of the new Southern General Hospital (SGH) just 12 months from now.
I USUALLY find myself nodding in tacit agreement with most of Harry Reid's articles but I must take exception to his exoneration of Angela Merkel ("Russia has nothing to fear from the West", The Herald, July 29).
I AGREE with much of Andrew Barr's response to the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony as quoted in David Torrance's article ("Curious case of creatives who support independence", The Herald, July 28).
YOUR leader highlights an issue troubling many but challenged by few ("Policing policies and open debate", The Herald, July 29).
I NOTE with interest the debate on pensioners drinking too much alcohol at home ("Daily drink for pensioners at home brings health warning", The Herald, and Letters, July 26, 28 & 29).
Richard MacKinnon presents a somewhat radical proposal that the resignation of Alex Salmond might prove to be a "game changer" in the independence debate (Letters, July 28).
THE study by Mintel about excessive drinking among over-65s has got it all wrong ("Daily drink for pensioners at home brings health warning", The Herald, July 25, and Letters, July 25 & 26).Yes,many of us do enjoy a glass of wine each day, or relax with a gin and tonic, but we're not the ones to be concerned about.
I RECENTLY required an overnight business stop in Glasgow and was subjected to accommodation rates so scandalous (albeit during a major world sports event) that I was left reeling.
THE No campaign must be grinding its teeth at the honest disclosures from Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael ("Carmichael:
I WOULD like to thank David Torrance for raising the issue of Scotland's cultural identity ("Curious case of creatives who support independence", The Herald, July 28).
THE dilatoriness of the Crown Office is not confined to fatal accident inquiries, or FAIs ("Yet more evidence of intolerable delays in FAIs", The Herald, July 26).
REFERENDUM debaters all seem to be considering just the next few years.
I NOTE with interest your report on the sentencing of drivers convicted of killing cyclists ("Motorists who kill cyclists let off lightly", The Herald, July 22.
FOR decades the entire subsidy burden for providing electricity to the Shetland Isles has fallen on the shoulders of the electricity consumers of the north of Scotland, but suddenly David Cameron, on his first visit to these islands, announces that he is to spread the subsidy cost across the whole of Great Britain.
Debbie Miller (Letters July 25) concurs with David Moore (Letters, July 23 ) that individuals need to take personal responsibility for basic maintenance of both mind and body and adds that we need to help people to take better care of their own health before the NHS has to.