Changing demographics in the north should be enough to remind unionists that the old days of dominating their nationalist neighbors are over.
They should not be supported, especially if they start making subtle threats of violence, because the Protocol will not be abolished, nor will the Irish Sea border.
The demand for a border survey is quite justified as an integral part of the Good Friday Agreement.
Unionists can claim that they are marginalized and that their concerns are not heard.
But they should remember that nationalists and republicans were trapped in a forbidding small state born of partition and the most undemocratic pencil mark ever drawn on a map.
Discrimination was commonplace for them and when they tried to protest at the civil rights marches they were beaten off the street.
Some were even shot.
In a united Ireland, unionists have the same rights as everyone else.
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Biden’s remark about Putin turns a monster into a victim
Like many others, I was shocked by Joe Biden’s remarks in which he seemed to question Vladimir Putin’s whereabouts in office – leading to accusations that he was seeking “regime change”. This is how the world has become. You murder someone and there is a victim. Next, they want to lock you up. Another victim. Outrageous.
Firehouse, Dublin 24
Toxic beliefs of generations past make blind men of us all
To see or not to see, that is the paradox. Whether it’s cowardly to refuse the scrutiny of childish ideas, or brave to face the daily painful, enlightening, truthful reality.
To live awake, no longer a victim of religious, tribal opinions that cause lifelong grief as nations, families, marriages, friendships break up and die in the blindness of war. To see ideas shaped by osmosis, blinded and chained to inevitable conflict. Freedom yes, freedom to be wished for from life’s ever-burning turmoil about inherited ideas from innocent childhood.
To dream of peace, yes peace in a blind mind, awakened from the fanatical hearts of men, sincerely teaching poisonous beliefs of generations past. Yes, what dreams could come, coupled with thinking reason, common sense and courage, as dramatic as a blinding light? Because light eliminates darkness.
Ahh, there’s the catch; when we have shed that mortal wound born of ignorance sincerely taught by forefathers bound by sacred traditions. To see or not to see is not the same for many. And for the few, behold.
John J May
Address with publisher
Protection of pedestrians from traffic lights, cyclists without warning
My recent stay in Dublin has made me, and I am sure many others, aware of the need for legislation to improve safety for both pedestrians and cyclists on our shared footpaths. All too often I see cyclists without proper safety vests, their bikes without front and rear lights or even acoustic warning devices and some without protective helmets.
A prime example of this was during my walk in the city’s Drumcondra area during a period of darkness when a number of couriers and other cyclists passed me and other pedestrians without any of the above. The likelihood of being hit by one of these cyclists is very real as they approach silently and without warning. I would at least suggest that these safety measures, some of which are already required by law, are enforced and that the legislation is amended or updated to make it mandatory to take all of the above measures. These actions could save life or prevent serious injury.
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Rubin’s light, biased tirade on Brown Jackson
No more flippant and biased reports from Jennifer Rubin, please.
While I constantly encourage debate and am willing to hear opposing views, I will need to review this Irish Independent to see if there is an article by her and if so I will not be purchasing this issue.
Her article on Ketanji Brown Jackson, Biden’s US Supreme Court nominee, is simply a tirade against the Republican Party, which she has criticized. She certainly overlooked the attacks on Trump nominees Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh and their families, which far outweighed the questioning of Judge Jackson, who refused to answer questions – such as when does life begin and what characterizes a woman.
Ardeskin, City of Donegal
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/spare-us-the-whining-over-waning-unionist-dominance-41497246.html Spare us the whining about waning union dominance