Friday 17 January 2020

Letters to the Editor: 'Trump knows exactly how to connect with his voters'

President Donald Trump. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA
President Donald Trump. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump has got under the skin. He is ubiquitous, love him or hate him.

Trump looms larger than any modern-day phenomenon. We will miss him when he is gone. So will the big media, CNN, Fox, NBC.

The world is in thrall to Trump, especially in the West. As a creature of the age of instant gratification of Twitter and Facebook, Trump is without parallel. He may be dangerously subversive of democracy but he is likewise dangerously seductive. It is very hard to see him being trumped in the 2020 election.

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By Joe Biden? Not a chance. Politics is all about visceral emotional connection. No one comes near Trump in that department.

Maurice O’Callaghan

Stillorgan, Co Dublin

 

Will senators and TDs know where to draw the line?

I applaud Senator Lynn Ruane’s efforts to help her colleagues become more boundary aware, but there is a distinct possibility that some of the less ‘woke’ TDs will arrive at the sessions thinking they are going to discuss redrawing constituency boundaries.

Tom Farrell

Swords, Co Dublin

 

It’s not racist to worry how immigration will affect us

Senator Ronan Mullen (Letters, December 30) is right on one point – resources are, indeed, finite.

That said, the policy of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers must surely be reviewed. Ireland and Europe cannot indefinitely take in migrants on an unrestricted scale.

It is about time conditions that cause this were dealt with and assistance rendered to the countries where people feel the need to leave.

It is neither racist, unChristian or unethical to be concerned about how mass immigration is affecting our own culture and way of life, however deserving each case may be.

Over time, unchecked economic migration will, unfortunately, cause massive social problems for the receiving nations and affect those effectively abandoned.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

 

RTÉ must cut cloth according to what it can actually afford

Melanie Finn’s piece (Irish Independent, December 30) was truly jaw-dropping, in which she reports on comments by Mario Rosenstock in relation to RTÉ’s wages woe.

There are so many holes in Mr Rosenstock’s argument that it is hard to know where to start, but I will overlook the spurious assertion relating to ‘danger money’ and the bald fact that a €495,000 payment equates to the gross salaries of 16 staff nurses in a public hospital and limit my observations to just two.

Firstly, as a broadcaster, Mr Rosenstock is hardly best placed to offer an objective view in this matter and the commercial world’s balance sheets are built on objectivity.

Secondly, broadcasters, nurses and retired readers of the Irish Independent share one inescapable dilemma on a daily basis as we interact with the commercial world: “Mmm... it may be worth the money, but... can I afford it?”

Gerard Brangan

Leixlip, Co Kildare

 

War of Independence must be recalled in a mature fashion

As a new year and a new decade dawns, a hundred years ago in 1920, Ireland was caught up in the struggle for national independence.

As a guerrilla war raged right across the land, many atrocities were carried out by both sides.

Bloody Sunday, the burning of a section of Cork city, the killing of spies and informers, the torture of prisoners and the treatment of women on both sides are a reminder of the sickening deeds of war.

A hundred years later it now challenges us as a free country to commemorate these events in a fitting manner.

The old school history books tended to airbrush such events out of existence, which was understandable in the early years as people wanted to try to forget the pain and suffering endured during the War of Independence.

Now we need to recall these events in our history in an adult way, which allows us all to look back with a calm and balanced demeanour.

And also to fully understand that, as in all wars, there really are no winners.

Tom Towey

Co Sligo

 

Boris is truly blessed to have Big Phil to boss him around

How lucky is Boris Johnson to have Big Phil Hogan telling him what he is going to do next. And for free. He can sack Dominic Cummings now.

Cal Hyland

Roscarberry, Co Cork

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