The abortion debate is an example of the media not doing their job

I tend to agree with Mary Stewart (‘Why Groupthink Should Be Confronted Across All Media’, Irish Independent, Letters, 19 July) than Declan Foley (‘The message is we must evaluate what the media tells us’, Irish Independent, Letters, July 20).

When media groupthink leads to selective reporting of facts and unbalanced discussion of reported facts – which is what Ms Stewart was implying – it is unrealistic to suggest that the public can still make up their own minds.

The public will largely assume that the media presents the facts fairly. In the case of abortion, I think the media routinely suppresses uncomfortable facts.

Much of the public will not be aware of this, and in the end we have a two-to-one majority to repeal the Eighth Amendment. That Irish Independent tries harder than most to actually debate issues like abortion.

Jim Stack

Lismore, County Waterford

Is it groupthink? Or just groupthink on the “wrong” side?

I have read many of Mary Stewart’s letters over the years, many promoting the faith of the largest church in the history of the world.

I can’t help but wonder if her problem with perceived groupthink in the media is that the thinking is from the wrong group (“Why Groupthink Should Be Confronted in All Media”, Irish Independent, letters, July 19).

Bernie Linnane

Dromahair, Co Leitrim

Littering in front of the kids? That’s just garbage parenting

Piles of rubbish have been left on Irish beaches after sun-seekers left earlier in the week.

Isn’t it time to remind these carefree people to leave the beach the way they found it?

Families with children who behave this way set a terrible example for the next generation.

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co. Louth

Depression can be fought without medication

The article in yesterday’s newspaper about depression is not breaking news (“cause of depression is not scientifically proven”, Irish Independent, 20th of July). Many people, including the then Eastern Health Board’s retired chief psychiatrist, Professor Ivor Browne, said so more than 30 years ago.

As a young adult I suffered from very severe suicidal depression. I was hospitalized and diagnosed with manic depression at the age of 20, which included a lifetime commitment to taking daily doses of lithium.

Luckily, in my late 20s, I met Prof. Browne, who weaned me off all psychiatric medication. I started psychotherapy, including holotropic breathwork. That was almost 30 years ago.

The theory that depression is a chemical imbalance is nonsense so far
I am anxious.

Tommy Roddy

Ballybane, County Galway

Journalists can lead the fight against climate change

We all know that climate does indeed change over geological timescales. Disruption is another matter. Climate disruption can overtake us if we fail to take corrective action as a collective.

What is the underlying behavior of this disorder? I respectfully suggest that it is common industrial practice to externalize costs in order to more efficiently (profitability) maximize wealth extraction. This, coupled with the concentration of wealth as a political hegemon at the expense of the bill for environmental and social challenges, is the root problem here.

Environmental consulting firm Trucost conducted a study in 2013 that estimated the annual cost to our shared environment at $7 trillion.

Here we are, nine years later, and no meaningful action has been taken to counteract this. Profitability based on that is a sham, and it’s a systemic, cultural sham that does untold damage.

The future is so hot that we must find shade. How do we correct this dynamic?

Unless we honestly discuss it in public—in schools, universities, and the various corridors of power, business, and politics—we cannot even begin to confront this behavior.

It is now quite clear where this failure will lead us.

Our children and grandchildren will not thank us if we avoid or circumvent this matter. Who dares to lead such an honest discourse? I sincerely hope that news media like yourself will participate as moderators of this necessary discourse.

Climate destruction is a global problem and we are really all in it together.

Cornellius Crowley

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