What does the acquittal of US President Donald Trump actually mean? Most people think of guilt or innocence as being a yes/no question, not a 48/52 question. It’s all a bit confusing.
Now it seems that the concept ‘there’s no smoke without fire’ could be rewritten as ‘there’s no smoke without mirrors’. We want honest politicians.
Americans can see through chaotic, shrill Democrats
The Democrats made an egregious and probably fatal blunder in impeaching Donald Trump. Three years of trying to remove the duly elected US president, firstly with the shambolic Mueller investigation and then the tenuous Ukraine phonecall, has, as any detached observer could see, resulted in the total acquittal of Trump, has strengthened his base, swayed neutrals towards his corner and exhausted the opposition.
When they should have been planning to defeat Trump at the ballot box, instead they allowed a rump of vainglorious attention seekers led by Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler to attempt to grab the limelight for their own career advancement.
In the meantime, in the teeth of such relentless assault, Trump has absorbed the pressure, continued to improve international relations with Russia and China and has even staved off confrontation in the Middle East by firing war mongers like John Bolton.
The American public can see through the double standards of the chaotic and shrill Democrats, who have lost all sense of perspective since the era of their last two competent statesmen, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
Six Nations sends out wrong message over sponsorship
While the Six Nations Championship has a devoted following and provides excitement for many, there are aspects which must be a turn-off for others.
I feel that the sponsors are getting too much exposure, with their logo taking up a lot of space around the half-way line. While it used to be said that the product in question is good for us, it can also have a detrimental effect on some and glorifying alcohol is hardly proper.
Such marketing can give the wrong message to young supporters of sport and seeing spectators drinking in the stands during matches portrays a poor picture which rugby authorities should blank out.
Navan, Co Meath
EU citizens here contribute to our society and yet can’t vote
Before I left the office where I work on Friday evening, I was chatting to a Scottish colleague who has made Ireland her home and lived here for many years and asked her if her plans for the weekend included voting in the election, as she had the legal right to do so. Yes, she replied, as she has done for the last number of general elections.
I noted to her that it was indeed ironic with Brexit, that with Ireland trying to remain so close to Europe, that she had a right to do so unlike many of our colleagues sitting around us who, like her, have made Ireland their home. All other EU citizens, including our colleagues, pay their taxes, have Irish-born children, have bought property here and are contributing successfully to Irish society have no such right.
Surely this is worth a conversation in the new multi-cultural Ireland and must be an issue that will come up in the future?
Foxrock, Dublin 18
Form new Fianna Gael party to combat the rise of the left
Given that there is hardly a whisker of policy difference between what were heretofore our two main political parties, if they are serious that they have the solutions to Ireland’s future then they will have to put the civil war divisions aside and form a new (Fianna Gael) party to combat the growing strength of true leftist parties, which seem to be appealing to the younger voters.
They will at least have to drastically cull the number of candidates that they put forward to focus their votes on one or, where realistically possible, two candidates.
Covering gender identity in a balanced, respectful manner
Michael Kelly outlines the possible implications of rushing into transition therapies for people, especially children, who struggle with gender identity, citing some of the available data (Irish Independent, February 7). Thanks to him for a balanced, compassionate and respectful treatment of this sensitive subject.
Limerick city, Co Limerick