Let us forgive, but keep on our quest
Sir - Plenty of reading regarding the fortunes and misfortunes of the Mayo team in their quest to gain Sam (Sport, Sunday Independent, December 18), and the telling of their side of the story by the sacked joint trainers. Some players have come out in their defence but a majority voted for their removal, and majority rules in all cases.
We in Mayo who have followed our team faithfully down the years were left wondering what was going on in the Mayo camp in the more recent past, with rumblings of discontent very evident.
According to the ex-joint managers, a few players had their heads in the clouds and were trying to dictate to management, while in a follow-up story the players gave a different version of events, and laid the blame firmly elsewhere.
We were taught in school the part can never be greater than the whole, but now even this is debatable. Who was right and who was wrong is immaterial as we have more serious issues to debate in our quest for 2017 glory, and we were always told "two wrongs never made a right".
We all know the heartbreak of last September's All-Ireland loss, the targeting of one of our best players, the subsequent admittance of the match official that he made a mistake in not sending certain other players off, and the last-minute change of Mayo goalie scenario.
It's time to put all that to bed and concentrate on getting a grip on Sam and finally bringing him home to Mayo, as we are all fed up of being runners-up.
In this season of goodwill it's about time for handshakes all round and for forgive and forget to be introduced by all concerned in every aspect of Mayo football.
As we have a proven manager and dedicated players, we have the potential to put all behind us and reach for and accept the holy grail of football of the Sam Maguire.
So, let us forgive, but not forget our quest for the trophy we deserve to regain after 66 years of being nearly men, and as we have heard so much of in recent politics: "Yes we can."
Dishonesty among 'speeding' drivers
Sir - Road deaths are up by 20pc this year. A shocking statistic and a terribly sad Christmas for many families.
The Road Safety Authority has worked hard over the past years with radio and television advertisements creating awareness of the dangers of speeding and drink-driving.
Therefore it was quite shocking to read one of the quotes of the week (Sunday Independent, December 18) from Judge Patrick Durcan sitting in Ennis District Court: "This courtroom is stinking of dishonesty and is stinking of perjury today."
His comment came after 15 people suspected of speeding walked away without sanction after stating in sworn evidence that they never received the fixed-charge penalty in the post.
Did the postman lose 15 letters or did the gardai fail to send out 15 letters? The judge did not seem to think so.
Is it any wonder there is such carnage on our roads when motorists would lie before a judge in a court of law?
Law and order is breaking down when people show such disrespect for the court, judge, gardai and their fellow citizens.
Plain and simple law-breaking
Sir - This nation is on the road to anarchy. Not only are ordinary people breaking the law daily but elected officials and media presenters are encouraging law-breaking by calling them "acts of civil disobedience". They are not acts of civil disobedience, they are plain and simply law-breaking.
When will somebody in a position of power and influence stand up and say "thus far and no further", and prosecute these criminals to the full extent of the law?
Vincent J Lavery,