Assembly taking big steps over HIV
There was a well-timed debate in the Assembly this week focusing on raising awareness of HIV.
There was a well-timed debate in the Assembly this week focusing on raising awareness of HIV.
Christmas is a critical time of year for vet charity PDSA. This Christmas, we expect to see around 50,000 sick and injured pets in need of our help, around the UK. We desperately need funds to keep our pet hospital doors open.
The Communities Minister has allocated financial assistance for providing safety measures to public road racing circuits in Northern Ireland.
It is a travesty and an embarrassment to our society that an injury pension has not been put in place for people who were seriously injured in the Troubles. We should be looking after them, as well as the families of those who lost their lives.
There are many reasons why Northern Ireland does not need the Pope of Rome to set his feet in our country.
There is one question that every person in Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should ask themselves. And that is: "Who has the most to lose if there was a stable, peaceful Northern Ireland, at peace with itself and its neighbours?"
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Write Back, November 29) claims that, "It is laughable that Donald Trump's son-in-law could broker a lasting peaceful resolution in the Middle East" - presumably because, as a Jew, he may not accept the Palestinian rewriting of history.
I was amused reading the letter from "Beagle", in which he approvingly quotes someone as saying, "The good thing about science is that it is true ... " (Write Back, November 29). Does he not know how often science has had to change its mind over the years in what it called "truth"?
Once again, I am disappointed and despondent at the sentence handed out to a convicted terrorist in our courts (News, November 29).
Perhaps it was the fact that when they were our age our fathers and uncles were fighting and dying in the Second World War that kept students of my day from being as pathetic as "Generation Snowdrop".
Fionola Meredith (Comment, November 25) has written strongly against the practice of putting a child into childcare when there is no economic necessity. She has, of course, the welfare of the child in mind. However, her solicitude is confined to those who have made it...
The vote in favour of Brexit is equivalent to the declaration of an uprising (such as the proclamation at the Post Office in Dublin in 1916), but an uprising that, after its declaration, is not too sure about what its next move should be.
Following the barrage of bile from the cacophonous anti-Trumpites regarding his suitability to enter the White House as President, let me assure all those who may have required a sip of laudanum that all is well, as he has an easy act to follow.
In your article, "Minister defends bailout plan for doomed US air route" (News, November 25), you highlight that Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, answered my question about what evidence exists to show that a direct transatlantic air route from Northern Ireland has been important for Northern Ireland's economy. I have to contest this claim.
When one looks back to the 1970s, the links forged between the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the IRA make sense.
It is laughable that Donald Trump's son-in-law could broker a lasting peaceful resolution in the Middle East.
Creationists don't understand science.
Not so amazed by our changing language.
I can sympathise with Victor Gordon (Comment, November 17). I thought it was only the Church of Ireland which was changing the words of our beloved hymns. Believe me, I know how he feels.
December 1 marks the official launch of Veganuary's 2017 campaign to encourage the world to try vegan in January.
I write in response to your correspondent Brian Daniels ('Invest in treatment, not psychiatrists', Write Back, November 23).
If the IFA broke Fifa Law 4.4 by wearing black armbands (News, November 24), then Fifa, via the match officials, should have invoked Law 4.5, which states: "Infringements and sanctions - For any infringement of this Law (4.4), play need not be stopped and the player is instructed by the referee to leave the field of play to correct the equipment..."
In relation to the article published in the Belfast Telegraph, entitled "Repeat offender NI Water pays out £80k on pollution fines in five years" (News, November 25), I would like to offer the following response.
First Brexit, then Donald Trump - two surprising results that contradicted pollsters' predictions.
It's been months now since people voted to leave the EU. It was nothing less than a declaration of independence.
Eric Conway, in his defence of Donald Trump (Write Back, November 23), seems to revel in his rather idiosyncratic use of the word 'liberal'.
During recent months, I have been travelling regularly to Belfast for personal reasons. I usually fly from Gatwick to Belfast International, due to its proximity.
With Westminster reducing corporation tax to 15%, this makes Stormont's proposed reduction less important than it would have been for businesses. However, we had the block grant cut by the Treasury because of it.
Charities say thanks for street collection
I write to you concerning the release of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) report on the cleanliness of Northern Ireland's beaches (News, November 23).
Award-winning documentary company Testimony Films are making a new documentary for BBC4 celebrating the history of the Raleigh Bicycle Company and the bicycles that revolutionised cycling in Britain. We are looking for interesting stories throughout the decades from the people who enjoyed Raleighs.
The US is still shocked by the unexpected results in the presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives elections, which bitterly divided the country, but where 43% of those eligible to vote didn't bother.
James McCarthy (Write Back, November 18) is right about the rigged US election. But it was rigged for Hillary. Trump beat it and, in the process, saved the planet from further death and destruction.
The election of Donald Trump left me stunned. I could not believe that the American people would elect an ignorant, tax-dodging, misogynistic racist, a man who threatened to call the election "rigged" if he lost, blindly risking nightmarish disorder.
In what has become an all-too-common whinge, psychiatrists are again expressing their upsets about the amount of spending on mental health.
Addressing the Catholic Institute of Paris, on the occasion of the conferment of an honorary doctorate last Thursday (November 17), the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, referred to "no common vision of what Europe is" - an occasion that the Press here, given the arguments about Brexit and the future, not only of the United Kingdom and the EU, but also Europe, strangely ignored.
Although one shouldn't be proud of it, I can't help but be overcome by an inordinate feeling of schadenfreude, resulting from the 'liberal' reaction to Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election.
Reading Fionola Meredith's column (Comment, November 18) shows me how twisted logic has become common in our society.
The ongoing controversy surrounding Charter NI chief Dee Stitt as to his eligibility to hold his position has rumbled on for a good number of weeks and has made uncomfortable headlines for the Northern Ireland Executive and the Social Investment Fund, which finances Charter NI.
I note the Roads Department claim that the "road network is operating at capacity and there are limited opportunities to increase it".
The assertion from British Secretary of State James Brokenshire that his Government's position remains that "the whole of Lough Foyle is within the UK" shows the imperialistic mentality is alive and well.
When Bernie Sanders described an open-border migration policy as a Right-wing proposal to drive down wages and undermine the nation state, he was applauded for defending the working class.
Many older Presbyterians will raise a Hallelujah at Victor Gordon's protest against the "modernisation" of much-loved traditional hymns ("Why the Church and I no longer sign from the same hymn sheet", Comment, November 17).
In my final contribution to this very interesting exchange of views on the subject of the Bible v science, I would make two points.
Christmas is coming and the pressure is on, with many families finding it increasingly difficult to meet the demands of children who have high expectations but, unfortunately, seem to believe that Christmas is more about receiving than giving.
Fionola Meredith writes that, to her, "there is something deeply misogynistic about refusing to support women's access to basic reproductive rights", by which she means abortion (Opinion, November 18).
Thanks to your paper for recently highlighting three issues of interest to the general public.
ACTION MS NI: Moneymore (Oct 1) £924.22; Carryduff (Oct 7) £473.74; Ballymoney (Oct 8) £1329.57; South Belfast (Oct 13) £606.91; East Belfast (Oct 14) £638.19; Crumlin (Oct 20) £339.49.
In your interview with Professor Margaret Rayman (Life, November 10), she advises against organic milk products for those seeking to obtain iodine from milk.
According to exit polls, more than 80% of white, evangelical and born-again Christians voted for Donald Trump in the US Presidential election.
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