THE Scottish Government highlights a shortfall in revenue in response to our concerns over the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, seemingly discounting the hugely damaging social and economic impact that penalising the middle and upper rungs of the housing ladder risks ("Fears over impact of property tax on hard-working families", The Herald, October 28).
THE 15 per cent increase in use of "bank nurses" who step in to plug gaps in wards by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) at a cost of £36m ("Union warns NHS relying on temporary staff", The Herald, October 27) is a sad reflection on NHS management.
AS a previous member of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) working group which has been tasked with making charging arrangements more consistent across Scotland, I take offence at the comment made by a Cosla spokesperson that "a minority of third-sector organisations would rather shout from the sidelines than sit round the table" ("Disabled people below poverty line forced to pay for services", The Herald, October 25).
PROFESSOR James Pickett brings trenchant realism to his assessment of post-referendum politics (Letters, October 27).
I NOTE that a jogger was arrested (temporarily) for bumping into the Prime Minister ("Prime Minister backs bodyguards as he shrugs off jogger collision", The Herald, October 28).
TIM Baynes of the Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group accuses wildlife charities of speculating on the illegal poisoning case in spring 2014 involving the death of 16 red kites on the Black Isle, in his words "straining the relationship between land managers and conservationists" ("Landowners hit out at wildlife group claims on raptor killing", The Herald, October 27 and Letters, October 27).
I AM in complete agreement with the comments of Duncan MacIntyre (Letters, October 28).
I NOTE with interest the plans announced by the Scottish Government to reduce the country's drink drive limit ("New lower drink-drive limit before Christmas", The Herald, October 24.
THE decision by the UK Government to reject the call by its own House of Commons Transport Committee for an inquiry North Sea helicopter safety, supported by National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), who directly represent many of those working in the offshore oil industry, raises many questions ("Helicopter crash widow hits out as inquiry call is rejected", The Herald, October 28).
THE heavy promotion of Scot Squad, the latest in the tradition of Rab C Nesbitt, Still Game, Chewin' the Fat and others, demonstrates BBC Scotland's belief that the only form of comedy which is appropriate for television is patronisingly coarse portrayals of the working and non-working class, an attitude doubtless fuelled by a self-congratulatory sense of comradeship with the characters.
SADLY, I cannot fully agree with all the fine sentiments expressed so well by William Scott (Letters, October 27) regarding the route out of child poverty.
JOHANN Lamont's departure is a big story, but not a surprising one Lamont ("Labour in turmoil as Lamont resigns", The Herald, October 25).
EMERITUS Professor James Pickett's letter (October 27) is at odds with the evaluation of the Scottish economy as outlined by world-renowned economists Joseph Stiglistz (Nobel prizewinner) and Andrew Hughes Hallett.
IAN Palmer's letter (October 25) raises a number of contentious issues.
THE European Commission has the audacity to demand £1.7 billion extra funding from the UK ("Angry Cameron tells EU:
I NOTE with interest your coverage of the Milburn report ("Milburn in living wage call as child poverty rises in Scotland", The Herald, October 21, and Letters, October 22).
SHOULD the Smith Commission agree to transfer important powers from Westminster to Holyrood none should applaud.
The announcement by Police Scotland that the 20 raptors found poisoned in March near Conon Bridge were "not deliberately targeted" raises number of serious matters.
DAN Arnott (Letters, October 24) invites us to contact the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at its Swiss headquarters to confirm that it is at a loss to explain the so-called pause in global warming.
LIKE Catherine Bergamini (Letters, October 20), I have been taking part in Glasgow City Council-organised walks for 17 years and I am just short of completing 600 outings.
Some supporters of the Labour for Scotland group want to change their party's name to the Independent Labour Party (Labour pressure group launches, News, October 19).
Alexander McKay's statement that the "pro-UK" side won the referendum is indisputable (Accept the settled will of the country, Letters, October 19).
Richard Lucas criticises Vicky Allan for distinguishing just two stances about "sexting":
Ian Bell writes that Lord Smith of Kelvin has a "hellish task" in seeking agreement on further devolution.
I was pleased with the prominence you gave the essay on Gaelic (The word of Mod, Comment, October 19).
Rob Edwards exposes a major Scottish Government failing (Revealed:
Two further incidents can be added to the concerns raised about safety within the nuclear industry (Nuclear incidents need to be taken more seriously, Letters, October 19).
THE demand from Brussels for an extra £1.7 billion of British taxpayers' money is a travesty.
OUR society has never known such levels of medical expertise and ability to control pain.
THE letter from Angus MacDonald (October 21) demonstrates the bitterness towards the decline in crofting agriculture that is felt by many people whose hearts are still in the Highlands and the land of their ancestors, even though they themselves may have travelled far from home.