Sell, pay, and back to the Florida swamps, Mr. Trump

Is it possible for this idiot, Donald J. Trump, to act like an adult and stop defending the untenable? He needs to know he did wrong by removing certain privileged documents from the White House, yet still tries to hint at an FBI witch hunt.

or for the sake of his once great country, he and his despicable family should consider selling, paying their taxes and debts, and disappearing back into the Florida swamps.

He is on record to this day (in the Washington Post) as he has misled the public over 30,000 times and yet there are millions who want to support him in 2024.

And don’t even start me off with his ignorance.

This man is an uneducated, rude incompetent who should never have been president and should never have run for public office again. He has done irreparable damage to American democracy.

David Ryan

Co Meath

All the reasons the UK should have an elected President

Assuming Liz Truss is confirmed as Conservative Party leader on September 5, she will be appointed Prime Minister of the UK by the unelected 96-year-old monarch the next day. It would be interesting to know what Queen Elizabeth really thinks of Truss when appointing her First Lord of the Treasury, considering Truss gave a speech in favor of the abolition of the monarchy in 1994.

Since Truss also voted Remain in 2016, perhaps she should hold two referendums: on Brexit – I would vote Leave again – and on the monarchy, which I would vote to abolish.

In reality, Truss also has no intention of tolerating both Brexit and the monarchy just to remain Prime Minister.

Unusually, the outgoing and incoming prime ministers are likely to hand in their resignations and be appointed at Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish residence – due to the sovereign’s mobility problems given her advanced age – another good reason for a president-elect.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, United Kingdom

electricity prices? In my day we had kerosene lamps

So much is written about the current cost of our electricity. The prospects for the coming winter are bleak.

However, we would do well to remember the bad old dark days during the last war when the ESB was still in its infancy.

Our nights were lit by paraffin oil lamps and candles. Such conveniences as radiators or electric kettles were not there yet.

The beds were heated by wrapping a cloth around the hearth or a brick.

Morning toast was made by holding a slice of bread in front of the fire with a fork.

So remember that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co. Louth.

We need an Nphet-style team of experts to handle the energy crisis

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) got us through Covid. What we need now is a National Energy Emergency Team (NEET) to advise the government — and a Tony Holohan-like expert to lead it.

If this crisis is left to politicians to deal with on their own, there is a risk that it will become a political pawn.

Chris Fitzpatrick

Dublin 6

The denial of pensions for carers is a scandal

I found the story of dedicated caregiver Sheila Ward disturbing to the point of apprehension. (Irish Independent, 26th of August). Mrs Ward has been selflessly caring for her daughter Romy, who was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, for 40 years.

Now that Romy has moved into a full-time foster home because her aging parents, Sheila, 76, and Brian, 75, can no longer look after her, Ms Ward’s foster allowance has been canceled by the Department for Social Protection.

Now in her golden years, Ms Ward has been left without an independent income for failing to pay PRSI on her meager care allowance.

Despite the fact that with love, compassion and considerable self-sacrifice Mrs Ward has carried out 40 years of caring work that the state should have done, she is being denied a pension.

The couple have also saved the state millions in housing costs.

Mrs. Ward is an angel of mercy who has rendered great service to her beloved daughter. She and her husband Brian are shining examples of the kindness and generosity of the spirit that pervades Irish society.

Paying Mrs Ward a contributory retirement pension would not be an act of charity.

It would be an act of social justice.

Mrs Ward has made her contribution. She has more than earned her pension.

Billy Ryle

Tralee, Co Kerry Sell, pay, and back to the Florida swamps, Mr. Trump

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