BBC news website user, Gavin Kinnear, says: "I know we would be socially better off," but he goes on to ask: "But would we be financially as a country better off?" David Furbur asks: "Will England, Wales and Northern Ireland be better off if Scotland leaves the Union?" and John Mcknight asks: "Would England be worse off if Scotland was independent?"
For better or worse?
This is a big question - arguably, THE big question. The polls tell us the answer makes a big difference to the way people intend to vote. So there are big claims made by the two main campaigns in trying to answer it.
Once again, the key figure we're using here is growth measured Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per head. That fell with the recent downturn years, but over the longer term, it's on the rise. Why? Mainly because, in most years, new ways of working, new technology and education make people and machinery more productive, we tend to consume more each year, and to use more resources.
And how has Scotland done compared with the rest of UK as a whole? In the past 25 years, growth per head has been at least as good as the UK. The two decades before that saw much lower growth, as old industries declined.
Government can influence growth, by using taxation - more of that tends to reduce growth. It can use its own spending power - more of that can boost growth, though to do that, it's important that it's spent in the right places. Spending on skills training or transport is often a help to growth.
Government can also regulate the economy. It sets the rules for employment, including the law on hiring and firing. It adds costs to business such as health and safety, environment safeguards, pension requirements or minimum wage levels. And it sets the market rules for banking, energy and telecom utilities.
The big driver of growth is not government, but businesses. They invest in new factories, offices and equipment, and they hire people. But that's if they're confident that sales and markets are growing. So a big challenge for any government is to help businesses feel secure about their future. Which would do that better: at Holyrood, or Westminster?
14% increase in oil and gas production between 2013-18
Tax receipts currently 14% higher in Scotland than UK
Source: Scottish government
In an independent Scotland, the government at Holyrood would have these "levers of power" - taxation, spending and regulation. The Scottish government White Paper sets out ways it wants to use these.
One could be to cut the main tax on profits - corporation tax - below the levels in the rest of the UK. This could make Scotland a more attractive place to do business.
Alex Salmond says people in Scotland would be better off by £1,000 a year
Finance Secretary John Swinney has also said he wants to borrow billions of pounds more in the early years of independence than George Osborne, the Chancellor, has set out in Whitehall's plans.
The Scottish minister wants to simplify tax, and he'll consider ways to improve relations between employers and employees.
The Scottish government's calculation is that "each Scot would be £1,000 better off" after 15 years. That would require a boost to productivity, more immigration and bringing more women into the workplace encouraged by a more generous childcare system.
Some others arguing for independence want to see more radical change, often focused on better social outcomes rather than growth - such as fairer distribution of income and a more generous welfare system.
13% more tax needed to maintain independent Scotland public services, or...
11% cut in public services needed to keep current tax levels
£1.5bn-£2.7bn estimated cost of restructuring Scotland's institutions
Note: Figs relate to a 20-year period starting from 2016-17 Source: Treasury
Those who don't want an international boundary at the Cheviots stress the added cost and inconvenience for businesses trading across the border, and they warn this could hinder growth.
In particular, they warn of uncertainty over the future currency, over public finances and borrowing costs, over access to European markets, saying this could lead to less business confidence and willingness to commit and invest in Scotland. Even with the same currency, they say borders inhibit trade.
Trying to be positive, the same argument is also presented as the benefit of being within a large UK market, providing scale for growth.
There's not much made of the future prospects for UK growth. That's a UK government priority, but it's also uncertain. On past performance, it is assumed to be just above 2% per year over the long term.
On the day in May when the Scottish government set out its claim of a £1,000 independence dividend, the UK Treasury published a document with the claim that there's a £1,400 "union dividend". This is about public finances rather than economic growth. Most of it is explained by higher spending per head in Scotland, as well as costs absorbed by the UK, and claims that SNP tax-cutting policies and likely higher borrowing costs would leave a larger deficit.
So, back to the question, could an independent Scotland be better off or not?
If anyone tells you they know whether an independent Scotland will be better off or not, be very, very sceptical. No-one knows.
The best you can do is figure what factors could make Scots better or worse off, and then make your own judgement on how these are likely to come into play.
And what factors are they? As the Scottish government points out, you can boost growth with higher output per worker or productivity, by raising employment levels and attracting more immigrants. And you can make better use of your natural resources.
But don't be so sure those are achievable. Britain's productivity has behaved very oddly in recent years, and no-one knows why. While Holyrood wants to boost productivity, almost all the levers it wants to pull are already being pulled in Whitehall.
Anyone with experience of government will tell you that the pulling of levers doesn't always get the results you expect. Governments have influence, but often less than they (or we?) would like to think.
Policies can also send contradictory signals; cutting tax to boost business growth may not mix well with moves to boost minimum wages, or making it more difficult for employers to make redundancies.
Where they DO have an effect, these levers may or may not be more successfully pulled at Holyrood. It may be, for instance, that businesses in Scotland would respond to a focused targeting of tax incentives to invest in a strongly-growing sector.
On the other side, it may be that businesses will thrive best with the smoothest possible access into the English market, where regulation and taxation are identical. Or it's argued the UK's network of embassies makes a vital difference for opening doors to more exports.
On corporation tax, it's worth noting that European partners may want to limit the scope for Scottish tax cuts, as part of a deal on making Scotland a new EU member. They don't like Ireland's low tax rate, and won't want to see it elsewhere.
Scotland in numbers
What is Scotland's population?
What is Scotland's share of the national debt?
How does pay in Scotland compare with England, Wales and NI?
Cutting tax rates can also cut your tax revenues. It doesn't always. It could be foreign businesses are attracted to Scotland by low rates, and in total, they pay more. But that's not guaranteed. And until it's happened, there's a gap in the budget.
Also, don't forget that the rest of the UK, of Europe and of the world wants to boost productivity and expand workforces. There's competition for skilled migrant workers, for instance, and also for investment by multi-national companies.
Every country is pursuing growth. Scotland and the UK will surely see the economy growing in years to come. But it's not clear why a growth strategy created in Holyrood would be uniquely or even relatively successful, any more than it's clear that Whitehall has all the best answers.
One more statistical health warning: if GDP is rising, it doesn't mean everyone's getting better off. It may be because more people are entering the workforce, for instance through immigrant workers.
Also if GDP per head is rising, that won't be shared equally. Some people may be getting better off, or worse off, at a faster rate than others.
There's also the complaint that the focus on economic growth is at the expense of other priorities, such as the environment, fairness or a healthy society.
Most of the hen harriers in the UK are found in Orkney, the Hebrides and part of the western mainland.
Between 2004 and 2010 Scotland's hen harrier population declined by 20%.
Persecution by game preservers and skin and egg collectors meant that by 1900 the bird, which used to be a common sight in Britain's uplands, was facing extinction.
Commonwealth gold medallist Charlie Flynn has told Radio Scotland he will decide if he will turn professional within a fortnight.
"I will need to wait and see," commented the Motherwell mail worker.
"Everyone is making different offers. Over the next two weeks, I would say everything will be getting cleared up and there will be an announcement."
Asked how he would keep training during the Christmas post rush, he added: "That shouldn't be a problem. A wee bit of ducking and driving in the mail, couple of early nights, get the training done. That's it, you're jammin'!"
Two former Labour first ministers of Scotland have suggested the Scottish Labour Party is in need of an overhaul.
The remarks by Lord Jack McConnell and Henry McLeish were reported in newspapers at the weekend following the loss of some traditional Labour voters to the Yes campaign in last month's referendum.
A retired odontologist has told a murder trial that marks on Christine Eadie's body formed a possible human bite mark.
Dr Howard Moodie, 71, examined a photograph of Christine's arm taken at the time of her death in October 1977.
"I saw features that made me think this was an aggressive human bite mark," he said.
Dr Moodie said it was the correct size and shape. Under cross examination he added that, as he couldn't see features of all six upper and lower teeth, he was cautious and said that is why he said the bite mark is possible not probable.
Sixty-nine-year-old Angus Sinclair denies raping and murdering Helen Scott and Christine Eadie who were last seen at the World's End pub in Edinburgh on October 15 1977.
The trial continues.
So looking forward to interviewing @JennyHastings17 and @ScottHastings13 just after half past 12 on @BBCRadioScot (on air at 12)
Jim Ewing: I reported a driver to police Scotland five weeks ago. This driver overtook me in a 20mph zone during school lunch hour. I told them the incident had been recorded on an in-car camera and they could come to my house to view the evidence. I have had no contact from the police whatsoever. I am now left wondering why I bothered to report them if the police do nothing when they have concrete evidence!
The Skye Bridge is completely closed to all vehicles. The Forth Road Bridge, Dornoch and Erksine Bridges are closed to high-sided vehicles. Tay Road Bridge is closed to double deckers with a speed restriction in place. There are localised problems on the roads from Inverness to the Borders, with leaves on the roads and falling branches around wooded areas.
The ferries are taking the brunt of the weather. CalMac say no sailings today between Stornoway and Ullapool. Oban to South Uist is off, and Islay cancelled until at least 6pm. Northlink, Orkney and Pentland ferries showing some disruption here and there. Argyll ferries are back on a full service.
On the trains, not been too bad so far weather-wise, but Argyle Street station was closed in Glasgow because of a fire alarm.
Katie, Glasgow: Motorway driving is atrocious and no sign of police dealing with middle lane and outside lane hoggers who cause most of the problems!
Martin, former Strathclyde Police Officer, Glasgow: It's sad that we are discussing this as an idea. A good police officer always has had the power to give someone a talking to. Police officers' greatest power is that of discretion. It shouldn't be black and white, there are instances where education should always be an option. Simply applying a fixed penalty is a way of alienating someone who, in the main, is probably a law-abiding citizen and may simply have had a lapse in concentration.
Edinburgh Tomtweets: With more & more wind farms generating ever more wind is it any wonder it's come to this? Environmental correctness gone mad.
Up to 100 homes in the Dumfries and Galloway town of Moffat are without power after this morning's stormy conditions.
Scottish Power says their network in the town sustained "extensive damage" because of the weather.
A spokesman apologised for any inconvenience and said the company hopes to have most, if not all, residents re-connected by midday.
Nine Scottish universities including Aberdeen, St Andrews and Strathclyde were balloted by The University and College Union (UCU) as part of their UK wide ballot.
It said more than three-quarters (78%) of those who voted supported strikes, while 87% were in favour of action short of walkouts.
The UCU will take part in talks on Wednesday in the hope to avoid industrial action which could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of students.
Marlko, Clydebank: There is nothing new in traffic officers dishing out verbal warnings. I was a road patrol officer in the late 60's and 70's in the Glasgow Police. VW were issued everyday and recorded in the VW register at the road patrol office. We could check the register to see if an offender had been warned before; if so, we could change our way of dealing with the case.
Andy in the Borders: I hope while the police have their purge on bad drivers they will also do something about the drivers blatantly flouting the law by driving with their lights on. Also, the new phenomenon of daytime running lights, drivers using them and nothing else in dark hours. I'm sure I can't be the only driver being affected by these idiots.
A campaign is being launched across the UK today by the Department for Work and Pensions focussing on benefit fraud and the penalties attached to it.
In Scotland, the initiative concentrates on Edinburgh, West Dunbartonshire and Fife and warns claimants that not updating changes in circumstances may tip them into making fraudulent claims.
But while the UK Government is pushing the message that new systems for gathering data help them identify false claims, critics say that it is the inefficiencies of the system which ought to be targeted, rather than claimants.
Councillors will meet later to discuss bringing the Tour of Britain and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to the city.
They hope it could pave the way to being part of the world's most famous bike race after they narrowly lost out to Yorkshire as the hosts of the Grand-Depart this year.
The number of verbal and physical assaults on school staff has risen in nearly half of Scottish council areas, according to statistics. Is a zero tolerance approach the best way to deal with abusive pupils?
And motorists are facing a major crackdown by police, who will target bad drivers as they focus on roadside re-education. Do you think a warning can stop bad driving?
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As strong winds hit Scotland as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo pass over the country, Transport Minister Keith Brown has been speaking on Good Morning Scotland about the weather concerns.
"We have some localised issues - for example, fallen trees on some roads," he said. "We have some flooding and some disruption to ferry services, because of the high winds which seems to be the biggest issue just now."
Mr Brown also advised people using Scotland's transport network today to "give themselves more time".
"Giving yourself that additional time means you get to your destination safely and on time," he added.
"For some parts of Scotland, the weather will particularly become more pronounced through the evening hours. The same advice is true."
Rangers boss Ally McCoist is optimistic about funding talks between former Ibrox director Dave King and the current board, report The Herald and The Scotsman.
On-loan Celtic striker Teemu Pukki says he is tempted to stay at Brondby beyond the January transfer window.
And Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to Glenn Gibbons, the former chief football writer of The Scotsman, who has died aged 69.
Read the rest of the headlines making the back pages here.
Non-smokers who live with a smoker are exposed to three times the officially recommended safe levels of damaging air particles, according to a study.
The researchers found that living with smokers is the same as living in smoke-free homes in heavily polluted cities such as Beijing or London.
They said moving to smoke-free homes could have major health benefits for non-smokers.
The study, published online in the BMJ's Tobacco Control journal, was carried out by researchers at the universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The worst of the wet weather is across the north east at the moment and it will continue to clear away eastwards and be replaced by showers throughout the day.
We are looking at some snow over the hills, the Highlands and Grampian. There will be a few wintry showers over the highest road routes, but nothing will settle.
It will stay cold throughout the day - highs of eight or nine degrees, falling to four or five in the showers. It is the winds that are of concern throughout the day. A Met Office Yellow 'Be Aware' warning is in force - gusts of 60 to 70mph across the west, up to 80mph for Orkney, 50-55mph across the central belt.
Those strong winds will transfer to the north east through the day.
The Scottish Sun and the Daily Record lead with an alleged assault on Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.
Meanwhile, The Scotsman looks at statistics which it says shows an increase in the number of assaults on teachers.
Blustery, but we're managing! Main problem around many roads from Inverness to Borders are leaves and falling branches around wooded areas. Cal Mac services Arran 08:20 from Brodick & 09:45 from Ardrossan have been cancelled.
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