Wednesday 19 June 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'I wish Katie Taylor well but boxing should be banned'

Katie Taylor (right) in action against Delfine Persoon. Photo: Sportsfile
Katie Taylor (right) in action against Delfine Persoon. Photo: Sportsfile
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Katie Taylor wins a boxing match but in the process of that match puts herself at risk of brain injury but in any event gets badly beaten up. She faces a rapturous homecoming as a reward and will become a millionaire.

Ms Taylor is a very pleasant and talented young woman and I’d love to see her reach the height of success in a safer way.

If any of the rest of us put ourselves at risk of brain injury or any other injury similar to what boxing might cause (up to and including death) by not wearing a seatbelt, we are faced with a €200 fine, four penalty points and a substantial car insurance hike we’ll have to live with indefinitely on account of blotting our copy books.

Of course we should wear seat belts. We should not, in my view, put the safety of our bodies at risk by boxing, skydiving, sailing the Atlantic single-handed or any other dangerous activity that puts our precious lives in danger.

When will this treacherous so-called sport – boxing – be banned? Look at what it did to Muhammad Ali. He ended up in an almost vegetative state.

David Bradley

Drogheda, Co Louth

Our champion deserves her victory by every measure

I thought Eamonn Sweeney’s article (Irish Independent, June 3) was out of order. Yes, it was a close fight and I can understand if Delfine Persoon thought she did enough to win. However the decision in favour of Katie Taylor was by no means a “spectacular injustice”. While Carl Frampton and David Haye might support Eamonn’s view, Mick Dowling, David Bellew and many other pundits do not.

If you prefer a crude aggressor, Persoon would get your verdict. If you appreciate style and precision, Katie has to win. Look at the computer scores. If you score the rounds based on punches landed, Katie wins. Katie also wins based on power punches landed.

If it were a schoolyard fight Persoon would have won. This is pro boxing and judged over 10 rounds and Katie deserved her win.

Brian Butler

Ranelagh, Dunlin 6

Trump is straightforward – what you see is what you get

Although I do not care too much for US President Donald Trump, Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob made numerous valid points (Letters, Irish Independent, June 4).

Trump is, indeed, straightforward, albeit in a somewhat bullying, overbearing manner – at least what you see is what you get with definitely no superficial finesse added.

Unless Trump attacks Iran, the Western third millennium war criminals are (in my opinion) George W Bush and Tony Blair over the 2003 illegal Iraq war and should be in jail.

I think Dr Munjed’s letter was most generous given Britain and America’s gross and vicious interference in the Middle East over the past 75-plus years.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

Bloom Festival flowers with fascinating people and facts

I met some interesting people at Bloom. From the garda who told me the difference between the Red car park and Blue. Then there was the lady who said her good luck horse shoes were guaranteed to bring good luck. She advised hanging them with the open side down. Down here in the bogs we believe that if you do that the luck falls out.

And I met a lady who said Bloom seemed to be the bees knees for the bees with a lot of accent on honeycombed shapes in gardens. She said it was a great time to be a bee.

John Williams

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

X should mark rebirth of e-voting in our democracy

I see the whole e-voting debate is upon us again. As someone who is a voter, a former presiding officer at elections, and recent candidate, I would welcome E-voting.

Very rarely have I agreed with Bertie Ahern, but on the subject of e-voting I certainly concur with the Iar-Taoiseach. The new system was trialled in 2002 but Ireland wasn’t ready to abandon the peann luaidhe … yet!

In all seriousness, in the 21st century, it strikes me as peculiar voters still have to mark a ballot sheet with their X or No 1 to register a vote in elections/referendums.

Is it any wonder less than 50pc bother to turn out to vote when many people barely take time out from a computer screen/phone to converse, let alone go outside?

In an age when you need never leave the house, what would entice some people to participate in the democratic process? Let’s make life simpler for them.

I propose we use electronic voting from now on; voters can log on with personal ID numbers, either PPS or passport, to register their votes. There are security issues and unscrupulous people will always try to take advantage of this, but there has to be a way.

Mike Geraghty

Upper Newcastle, Galway

Irish Independent

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