SIR - Congratulations to Leanne Wood for standing her ground against Lord Elis-Thomas and refusing to apologise for calling Elizabeth Windsor "Mrs Windsor". It's hardly an insult, is it?
Perhaps Lord Elis-Thomas was worried that he wouldn't be welcome in Buck House to compare ermine robes if he didn't discipline his fellow Plaid MP.
Leanne is a courageous fighter for the people of Wales. Lord Elis-Thomas is a sad apologist for an old and dying feudal order that should have been scrapped centuries ago.
The irony is that they're both in the same party - what sort of party is that?
Up the republic!
Pinewood Crescent, Swansea
SIR - Leighton Andrews is to be congratulated for his intervention against Leanne Wood, who had the courage to call the occupant of Buckingham Palace by her name, rather than by her title.
He achieved what many of us have been aiming at without success: he showed himself to be a sycophant, along with the majority of his colleagues on all sides of the Welsh Assembly; he gave Ms Wood a platform from which to debate a very serious issue that goes to the root of inequality in the United Kingdom; and he diverted attention away from a speech which aimed at nothing less than scare-mongering - George W Bush style - in the run up to the 2005 election.
Excellent work! He deserves a knighthood!
Mikado Street, Penygraig, Rhondda
SIR - Emma Nichols's death is a tragedy. The court case and settlement put the screening programme under question.
Dr Marigold Curling's statement that "I would have been extremely disappointed and worried if cytoscreeners in my department at St Bartholomew Hospital had missed these abnormal cells in a smear" would have been scientific if she had put this smear through a screen at her and other laboratories in a way not marked as special. I doubt she did.
Dr Peter Smith's classification of numbers of missed cells creates an impression of an exact finding. The consistency of detection and classification of abnormalities in the smear test is poor.
Well-conducted research indicates about half the cases of cancer will have retrospectively detectable abnormalities. Dr Curling seems destined for a great future as an expert witness but she risks extreme disappoint- ment and worry with every slide that enters her department.
In 1999 there was a consultation exercise about the screening programme. I proposed laboratories should abandon the internal re-screen all slides undergo, and substitute re-examination of all slides at another hospital. This would reassure the public their slides had been properly examined and help standardise widely varying reporting practices.
The consultation project team was interested in my proposal, believed it should be considered in detail by Cervical Screening Wales and introduced if appropriate. This did not happen. Perhaps now it will.
Dr BERNARD CHARNLEY
Defynnog, Brecon, Powys
SIR - Jamie Owen's TV programme Magic Harbours was interesting in its coverage of the greatest pirate of all time, "Black Bart" Roberts.
It only used two "facts" - that he operated "over 300 years ago" (actually from 1719 until his death in 1722), and that his head "was blown off by a cannonball" - also a mistake.
John Roberts of Casnewydd Bach took more than 400 recorded ships in just three years, compared to the combined total of Captain Kidd and Blackbeard of around 30 ships. He almost brought transatlantic trade to a standstill, and was easily the most famous pirate in history.
Somehow we Welsh have erased the exploits of this teetotal God-fearing Sabbatarian from our consciousness. Time-Life Magazine called him "the last and greatest of all pirates" so it is a pity that the programme's researchers could not carry out basic research.
Author of Black Bart Roberts - The Greatest Pirate of Them All
SIR - Martyn Jones, Labour MP for Clwyd South and chairman of the Welsh Affairs committee at Ruthin really should know better.
He criticises Richard Brunstrom's Arrive Alive campaign because 48 people died on roads in the area in 2003 compared to 49 in 1994. However, over that period mileage in the North Wales Police Force area has increased by 17% from 5.32 to 6.23 billion vehicle kilometres.
Accidents would have been expected to increase likewise and would have been expected to be 57. Therefore in real terms, accidents have decreased by 16%.
It is time accident figures were given per billion vehicle kilometres so real comparisons over time can be made.
Nant yr Arian, Carmarthen
SIR - During the past week BBC Wales has been running an advertisement in between programmes attempting to widen the appeal of the BBC as a prospective employer and to draw people's attention to the BBC's recruitment opportunities.
I have been quite appalled by one part of it in which the man says "things have changed at BBC Wales You don't need to speak Welsh to work here."
If, for example, S4C or Gwynedd Council stated in their recruitment materials that "you don't have to speak English to work here," one wouldn't have to wait long for the harangues of "Racists! Isolationists! Nazis!" to be poured forth by the multitudes.
One would have thought that BBC Wales would be supporting the cause of bilingualism; instead, they seem to be actively proclaiming that it is unnecessary and even undesirable. This is incredible! Answers please, BBC Wales.
Heol Bronwydd, Carmarthen
SIR - Tory councillor John Jenkins's knowledge of British history is sadly lacking. His statement "Wales has always had what it wants and that is to remain part of the UK" is patently absurd, for the UK in its present form did not even exist before 1921, and did not exist in any form before 1801.
Wales certainly did not have what it wanted in 1536 when it was forced into Union with England by a Parliament having 300 English MPs and no Welsh ones. Contrary to his claim there was no referendum to ascertain what the people of Wales wanted!
Like many British/English nationalists before him Mr Jenkins disparages Plaid Cymru and its electoral performance.
During the first 30 years of its existence Plaid Cymru was the subject of scorn and ridicule, taunted that it would never win a seat in Parliament.
After Gwynfor Evans won the Carmarthen by-election in 1966 this changed to claims it would never win a seat at a General Election. Plaid Cymru won three seats in the 1973 October General Election and now has four seats. Mr Jenkins derisively says, "The highest tally the Welsh Nationalists have ever managed to muster is four". Considering the overwhelming, and long-term pro-Union indoctrination of the people of Wales and - with no big business or trade unions support - the paucity of its resources, capturing four parliamentary seats is no mean feat for a party so comprehensively disadvant- aged and formed as recently as 1925.
Compared to the record of the media-supported, affluent, 17th century-formed Tory Party of no MPs in Wales in the last two General Elections, Plaid Cymru wins hands down.
Cleviston Park, Llangennech, Llanelli
SIR - I was very pleased to read that AM Peter Law is considering standing as an Independent Candidate at the next General Election.
I resigned my membership from the Labour Party, after many years, in protest of being offered only an all women short list If there was an overwhelming majority of members happy with the situation, as stated by Maggie Jones, how come out of approximately 400 members, only 42 attended the selection meeting? The majority of members were protesting outside the Leisure Centre on that evening.
LINDA MORGAN (Mrs)
Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent
SIR - It's high time the Assembly took over the responsibility of transport in Wales, we have had nothing short of an inadequate investment here for decades with regards to rail and roads.
In Manchester you have the M6, M56, M60, M61, M62, M63, M66, M67, that's at least eight M roads, In Bristol they have the M4, M5, M32, M49.
The M50 stops 10 miles short of the Welsh border where after Ross on Wye it becomes the A40 though there is no noticeable drop in traffic.
In the whole of the Welsh nation we have the M4, and a short stretch of the old M4 that has become the M48.
What does this matter? Well many companies when they look to relocate or to set up regional headquarters have a wish list that includes logistics and proximity to an M road. We all know that jobs are needed here.
There are still no electrified rail lines in Wales. This has obvious negative implications.
Wake up Wales!
Heol Addison, Port Talbot