I’m not sure if my bruises will heal in time for me to see Ireland play Fiji at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.
stood so far from the TV last Saturday as the South African pack thundered towards the Irish line, but even then I was bruised pretty badly.
My waist is still very sensitive after watching Hugo Keenan tackle.
My doctor tells me not to watch the Fiji game but if I rest and take my meds I could watch the Australian game the following weekend.
Seriously, how much longer can we let the level of physicality we saw last Saturday last?
Despite the changes made in tackling, rugby has become a dangerous game. I was very proud of Ireland’s performance and will always want them to do well but at what cost to their present and future health?
Donough O’Reilly, Kilmacud, Co Dublin
Rubin doesn’t inspire much confidence in the US electoral system
She’s not gone I see – Jennifer Rubin and her smear on Republicans Irish IndependentNovember 9).
Your description of the voting process in America does not inspire confidence.
“Eligible ballots are not received even seven days after the election” and in California “ballots can be counted even if they arrive after Election Day, so long as they are mailed no later than seven days after the election and are postmarked on or before Election Day.” are”.
In Pennsylvania, she reports, “you must confirm that you mailed your ballot no later than 11:59 p.m. the day before the election.” For real? Just by saying you did this?
She then goes on to refer to “getting the mainstream media to cover disputes.”
This is despite the fact that the mainstream media refuses to print anything positive about Republicans.
Ms. Rubin failed to explain the Democrats’ objection to showing ID when voting. It must be the only country claiming to be democratic where this is happening.
Mary Stewart, Town of Ardeskin, Donegal
Trump’s lies about manipulation have spectacularly backfired
Donald Trump’s attempt to use his status within the Republican Party to spread his lies and conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 election has spectacularly backfired.
He is no longer the golden-haired voter for their respective parties like Boris Johnson, but a slinky and unruly individual.
These midterm elections for the Senate and House of Representatives are seen as a battle for the beating heart of this great nation, which has been held in suspense since the US Capitol was overrun by Trump supporters in 2020.
Beneath the surface lurks the threat of further violence unless Republicans get their way. These elections will plant the seeds for future elections, including the presidential election in 2024.
Christy Galligan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
The media is catastrophizing job cuts at big tech companies
While nobody likes to hear about job losses in any industry, the media seems to be wreaking havoc in our tech industry.
Recent negative media coverage – including criticism of labor rights practices – seems unwarranted given the high profile companies involved and their positive track record to date in Ireland and around the world.
Employees in our tech sector are well paid and given their skills will have no difficulty in finding alternative employment should the need arise.
Perhaps our economy, with its near-chronic capacity constraints, and planet Earth could use a little correction or cooldown while we prepare for the “green and clean” tech jobs to flow in abundance.
Aidan Roddy, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
Flying to Egypt for a COP27 talks is hypocritical
After reading most of the news about the climate change conference in Sharm El Sheikh, I’m wondering why all these people, heads of state and ministers, didn’t choose to have all these conversations via Zoom or Skype instead of all flying to Egypt and then have the audacity to complain about our carbon levels.
Surely in this digital age, with so many people working from home, all of these technical talks could have been done remotely, instead of participants going on carbon-boosting quests to even get there, entirely not to mention their return flights.
I say practice what you preach.
Colette Collins, Friars Hill, City of Wicklow
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/bruising-encounter-that-puts-dangers-of-rugby-in-spotlight-42135601.html Bloody encounter that spotlights the dangers of rugby