NOW I know why I love The Herald, and it is not because of seeing the two programmes on TV, as I do not own a TV, but I have enjoyed reading about it in the paper itself.

Since leaving England 40 years ago and discovering The Herald (my copies delivered by the Royal Mail to a galvanised tin box along the road from my home on Skye, and now to the newsagent in Kelso) life has been as if belonging to a society of lively minds which inform and entertain. I can't choose any particular columnist to praise, as they are all splendid in their different ways, but I can say a very big thank you to everyone who makes The Herald so good to read.

Brian Beacom writes about soaps on TV ("Soap television is diluting its impact with nonsense", The Herald, September 19) and even though I wouldn't give a TV house-room I fell about laughing at his description of the "man with blond hair that's on backwards".

Keep going, you wonderful people in Renfield Street. As long as The Herald continues to measure 23"x14" (I am too old to think in centimetres) you have my allegiance.

Thelma Edwards, Kelso.

IF restricted to one word to describe my response to the BBC documentary The Papers, featuring The Herald (September 18 ), it would be the oft-overworked “fascinating”; and if one word from Editor-in-chief Donald Martin’s comment on the response to the daily challenge (“Fake news, the internet giants and mistrust all pose huge challenges”, The Herald, September 19), it would be “heroic”. Top marks to all involved.

R Russell Smith, Kilbirnie.