It's heart-warming to read a rational article by Ian Bell as opposed to the vindictive bile emanating from some sections of the media (Benefit cuts: the devil in the detail, Comment, April 7).
Many have suggested that Margaret Thatcher spawned the banking shambles.
Hindsight is a great thing and Ruth Marr is right: there were no weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq at the time of the 2003 invasion (Topic of the week, Letters, April 7).
That the Scottish Birdfair is set to be held at Hopetoun House next month speaks volumes, given that it is the stately home of Lord Hopetoun – who owns the Leadhills grouse-shooting estate – which has been repeatedly linked to wildlife crime incidents, as reported by Rob Edwards (Choice of Birdfair venue ruffles feathers, News, April 7).
The Scottish Council for National Parks (SCNP) and the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland are to be warmly congratulated for the production of their report, Unfinished Business, which makes the case for the creation of seven new national parks in Scotland ("Charities call for creation of more Scots national parks", The Herald, April 11).
The attacks on Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti by those who opposed the relocation of the Historic Archives from Columba House, Edinburgh, to the University of Aberdeen Library are becoming tedious (Letters, April 10, 11 & 12).
I was a little surprised that Iain AD Mann has jumped on the populist bandwagon by vilifying the late Margaret Thatcher (Letters, April 11).
The Federation of Small Businesses agrees wholeheartedly with sentiments expressed in The Herald's leader ("Reconsider closure of sheriff courts" April 11).
Anne Johnstone concludes her article by suggesting Paris Brown had possibly matured considerably by learning from her outbursts online ("Teach teens a lesson in online censorship Herald 11 April).
While good political fun, the latest stramash over whether Scotland could pay its way with oil revenues verges on the vacuous because it is backward looking ("New report: Scots paying more tax than rest of UK", The Herald, April 12).
A super picture taken by Julie Howden of Stirling Castle and the hills behind (Picture of the Day, The Herald, April 10); unfortunately they are not the Ochils but Ben Vorlich and Stuch a' Chroin nr Lochearnhead.
I AM mystified at the lack of tributes paid to Mikhail Gorbachev, who single handedly furthered world peace by taking Russia out from behind the Iron Curtain.
Among the many inaccurate eulogies in respect of Margaret Thatcher is her supposed leading role in bringing down communism in eastern Europe.
AS a pensioner born just after the Second World War I have considerable feeling for the correspondents who have written to object most strongly to Andrew McKie's blame of our generation for the financial mess the country finds itself in (Letters, April 11).
In the turmoil and confusion to which the Scottish Catholic Archives in Edinburgh have been reduced, it is easy to forget that Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti, the president of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Commission (SCHC) and the Blairs Museum Trust, has achieved a great deal in that role (Letters, April 10 & 11).
Once again, the closure of the Hillman Imp factory at Linwood is laid at the door of union militancy and Alan Clayton goes further by maligning the car (Letters, April 10).
Given the turmoil in the Borders textile industry, I find it sad that the SNP has launched a new range of patriotic clothing which includes items made in Pakistan.
It was indirectly a great compliment to Margaret Thatcher that graceless celebrations took place in Glasgow on news of her death ("News triggers celebrations for some as Scots mine deep seam of hostility", The Herald, April 9).
I am a retired teacher in receipt of an occupational pension in addition to the state pension.
As a PhD student whose research is heavily dependent on the Scottish Catholic Archives, I can only express my dismay at its sudden closure for the foreseeable future (Letters, April 9).
It is pure speculation to suggest that stamp prices could reach £1 in the next few years ("Campaign over Royal Mail starts", The Herald, April 9).
Peter Russell has rather missed the point (Letters, April 8).
Margaret Thatcher was a failure.
In life, Margaret Thatcher helped to create a divided nation.
The announcement of the immediate permanent closure of Columba House, the home of the Scottish Catholic Archives, and the removal of its contents to Aberdeen, furtively released on Saturday afternoon, demonstrates Archbishop Mario Conti's contempt for scholars.
A long time ago I had the privilege of being employed by Scotland's oldest financial institution, founded in 1695 and known the world over as the Bank of Scotland, with an enviable reputation of rectitude and probity.
The proposal for a new collective grant-aided housing organisation by Barry Docherty in The Herald (Letters, April 8) reads very similar to an earlier entity – the Scottish Special Housing Association, a successful Government-funded provider of good quality social housing throughout Scotland between 1937 and 1989.
I AM 65 and have indeed benefited from some of the generational benefits listed by Andrew McKie ("The real problem with the welfare state?
So we say farewell to the Iron Lady.