Reading Roslyn Dee’s memories of early cinema days (Irish Independent, June 4) transported me back to the wonderful Royal and Roxy cinemas (both, alas, now defunct) during my boyhood years in Bray, Co Wicklow.
My favourite is still the good old cowboy movie. Johnny Mack Brown, ‘The Durango Kid’, Hopalong Cassidy, etc were our childhood heroes. I remember a friend remarking that with so many Hopalong movies running in the Roxy, he figured Hoppy must have been staying in ‘digs’ on the Meath Road, opposite the cinema.
Of course we galloped home on make-believe horses, ‘shooting’ everyone in sight!
Innocent, but thankfully, very happy days. Now, I must go and try to find where I left my hat... a Stetson, of course.
Beaumont, Dublin 9
Think like the Romans to find solution to demand for water
We should anticipate the inevitability of recurrent droughts and increased demand by large conurbations. Do as the Romans did and go overground (aqueducts), which would halve the cost and take half the time to build. Design it too high for snails and natterjack toads and too low for bats which should speed up the planning.
Are there not large numbers of potentially redundant peat workers in the midlands who could get going immediately? And why not run it along the Royal Canal – an existing natural link. The threat of drought to our tillage farming, however, is a far greater concern than south Dublin lawns and is a more difficult conundrum.
Dr Michael Foley
Rathmines, Dublin 6
Creative energy needed now in these ‘interesting times’
In June 1966, Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy in a speech at Cape Town, remarked: “There is a Chinese curse which says ‘May he live in interesting times’. Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.”
Here we are in June of 2020, amid a pandemic, and the awakening of millions of people who have taken to the streets of innumerable cities and towns worldwide, to protest against the injustice and racism imposed by self-appointed dictators upon fellow human beings. Where are the creative men and women of energy today? Certainly missing in the UK and the US, where the Tories and GOP have become like the Catholic Church, subservience to the leader, no matter how uninformed he is.
Whenever ‘the quiet people’ are woken, change is a given, not an alternative. Only a complete and utter fool would reject the more than necessary changes, now urgently required, to bring decency back into humanity. The ‘little Republic’ of Ireland, with its gigantic presence around the globe, could show world leadership by forming a national government for the duration.
The Government should also break with tradition by inviting President Michael D Higgins to an occasional Cabinet meeting.
Michael D’s creative energy is abundant, and sorely required in the 21 century. To boot he is a poet: after all it was the poets of Ireland who lit the match of 1916!
‘Remote’ mental health plan will only increase anxiety
There has been talk recently emanating from the media, in relation to the Vision for Change mental health plan, and it seems the Government is (or was) considering introducing more “remote” mental health services. I assume this means Zoom or Skype calls. This surely is a badly thought out idea, and simply a cost-cutting measure.
It appears the Government has not kept up to date with the constantly mounting evidence that smartphones and similar technologies are damaging mental health, and that this lockdown has increased anxiety in youths, in spite of their gadgets.
I feel the taxpayer should have value for money, and should have proper face-to-face mental health services nationwide, including during evenings and weekends, such a service will surely not materialise if remote services are rolled out.
Kilpedder, Co Wicklow
Virus will remain oblivious to imaginary lines on maps
The inclusion of county borders in the latest directives regarding travel is both bizarre and arbitrary. People in large counties can go substantial distances while those in small counties remain significantly restricted and, all the way, the virus remains oblivious to imaginary lines on maps. Are there restrictions on common sense too?
Aodhagán Mac Coitir