Letters: High water prices will cost people their jobs
Published 05/08/2014 | 02:30
The exorbitant prices for Irish water will cost others their jobs, as householders cut back on other basic items to meet this extra cost - along with their property tax and increases in gas or electric bills. It will cost the bread man his job. It will cost the paper boy his job. It will cost the milk man his job. It will cost hotel and restaurant workers their jobs, along with local jobs in local shops as people cut back on all of these to meet their water charge payments.
So while ministers and politicians can afford to bathe in milk and champagne, we won't be able to afford a carton of milk for our tea/coffee, at the same time I could not even drink the tap water during the very hot spell due to the amount of fluoride in it. The smell and taste was making me sick, so I had to buy better-quality bottled water to drink instead.
You can't get blood from a stone. We are stone broke. Our well has truly run dry paying for the mistakes of others who left the Irish people with a thirst for the recent European/local election bashing of government parties. Water/property charges will finish them at the next elections. They are not waterproof.
Israel defends its people
Shame on Hamas. Shame on you for slaughtering the innocent Palestinian people, by provoking Israel.
Then again the ideology and fundamental ideas you endorse has no place for shame. I for one would not put money in a collection bucket for fear that Hamas might receive a single penny of it.
Hopefully Israel will go through every house in Gaza to get rid of the rats who are the real threat to the society we live in.
They have every right to defend their people and live in peace.
Medical card abomination
Hubert H Humphrey, a former vice president of the United States, once said: "The moral test of government is how that government treats those that are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life, the needy and the handicapped."
If our current government had any aspirations to govern by this maxim, then they have failed miserably. Having witnessed, first hand, the injustices perpetrated by this administration on the sick and elderly, I felt compelled to pen this letter.
My mother-in-law is almost 90 years of age, has many physical ailments, advancing dementia and lives in a nursing home. She is about to lose her medical card. It's an abomination and all so that our financial institutions and big business can be protected and safeguarded. I ask you, what sort of society have we become to allow such a thing to happen? It is obviously "no country for old men" or women either for that matter.
Respecting the anthem
Several letters have referred to the disrespect shown to the pre-match playing of the national anthem by GAA players. Surprisingly, none that I am aware of, mention the very same disrespect shown by GAA fans/supporters. The Gaelic Athletic Association, more especially in the North, deems itself to be the foremost guardian of all that is good (or bad, depending on how you look on it).
Yet their members repeatedly show disrespect for that prime symbol of nationhood, the Irish National Anthem.
Never yet have I heard it played out to the end without it being totally drowned out three-quarter ways through by spectators cheering for their respective teams.
So why solely blame the players? They are only doing as their supporters do so well.
It makes one wonder why players and spectators of "foreign" games as rugby and soccer can give total respect until the last note of the national anthem. Is it to much to expect the same level of respect from GAA players and supporters? I'm sure it would be a satisfying and uplifting experience for us GAA followers.
HSE drug payments advice
Many patients who recently lost their medical card were driven back onto the Drug Payments Scheme, and now have to pay at least €144 per month for prescribed medicines, an increase of at least €119 every month.
Some GPs only prescribe for 28 days medication each month, and medicines are often boxed in 28s, even though we have seven 31 day months, four of 30 days, and February has 28 days in three out of four years, with one 29-day month every fourth year.
Twelve months x 28 prescription days is only 336 days.
Patients should ask their GPs to prescribe monthly by the number of days in each month, to avoid having to pay 13 times instead of 12 each year.
Remembering the dead from World War I
Last week (Thursday, 31 July) Glasnevin cemetery had a ceremony for Irish service men and women in World War I and World War II and for WWI's 100th anniversary. Some 4,500 Irish nurses worked in WWI. A special cross was unveiled near the graves of 200 WWI Irish servicemen by the Glasnevin Trust - with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which looks after the war graves and cemeteries worldwide of those who were in the British, New Zealand, Australian and Canadian armies and from other Commonwealth countries in both wars.
It represents all faiths and none.
President Michael D Higgins spoke of how we today eliminate all the barriers that have stood between those Irish soldiers whose lives were taken in the war, for whose remains we have responsibility, and whose memories we have a duty to respect.
We cannot give back their lives to the dead, he said, nor whole bodies to those who were wounded, or repair the grief, undo the disrespect that was sometimes shown to those who fought or their families, but we can honour them all now.
Patrick Arnold, whose father William J Arnold from Dublin was a career soldier with the Dublin Fusiliers in the British army in WW1 and WWII, said after the ceremony that, although his father died of natural causes, he was very psychologically and emotionally wounded by the war.
He never mentioned it, because the memories, noise and stench were too powerful. He lived with guilt that he survived. He hoped the cross will give a central point, spanning all religions and all classes across the island and he hoped in 10, 50, or 100 years, people will gather together in their memory. The Northern Ireland Secretary of State for Health also attended.
Ceremonies on WWI's 100th anniversary in Ireland are seen as remembering Irish men and women who died or survived and returned to a different Ireland after the 1916 Rising and War of Independence.
They believed WWI was a moral one as they were told this with reports of atrocities in Belgium in 1914 invaded by Germany en route to France. Nine million men killed in four years sent by leaders not at risk themselves, with the exception of Russia's Tsar and family tragically executed in July 1918.
They had thought the war would be a short one. It tragically wasn't.