AS a member of the Protestant community and someone who lost a cousin during the Troubles, I found the article from the new Lord Mayor of Belfast, John Finucane (News, May 23), where he states a willingness to engage with the unionist people, the Orange Order and members of the royal family, very plausible and, if sincere, very welcome.
Andy Barr states (Write Back, February 27) that people are born gay and no amount of praying will change that. I would like to see Andy's scientific proof for this. As far as I know, no one has located the so-called 'gay gene'.
NIGEL Dodds' language, in asking the Irish Republic's Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to tone down his language (News, January 25), deserves to be welcomed by all concerned about the impact of Brexit on these Britannic islands, interrelated as they are in the movement of people and in culture and commerce.
DONALD Gale (Write Back, January 16) argues that the complexity of biochemical mechanisms involved in life is such that they are unlikely to have originated from the random processes of nature, and so must be a divine act of creation.
BREXIT may owe more by way of reaction - an assertion of English nationalism - to media pandering to the loud voices of Irish separatist nationalism and Scottish separatist nationalism than to nostalgia for past glories, as Brian McClinton (Write Back, January 14) all-too-sweepingly suggests.
I AM grateful to Kim Sengupta for his article (Saturday Review, December 29). Like Kim, I was privileged to meet Baset Al-Megrahi in Tripoli just before his death in 2012, by which time we had become good friends. Years before, I had met him while he was in prison at Greenock in Scotland for a crime I knew he had not committed.
The film The Man Who Invented Christmas makes the big claim that Charles Dickens was its inspiration. It was his short novel, A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, that is said to have transformed a fading pagan tradition into a popular family feast.
I have just finished reading Michael Kelly's article: "Why even those who do not darken the door of a church all year are still pulled back in by the Christmas story" (Saturday Review, December 22).
Faced with a significant number of her own MPs, as well as all of the DUP, refusing to accept Theresa May's withdrawal agreement, which is backed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Northern Ireland and the Ulster Farmers' Union, one wonders if the DUP lives in a "parallel universe" and in complete disregard of its own business community which survives to a large extent through trade with Europe?
THE announcement, on Wednesday, from Northern Ireland's chief education inspector, Noelle Buick, in the Educational Training Inspectorate's (ETI) biennial report, revealed only 39% of Northern Ireland schools "fully co-operated" with school inspectors. This revelation is not entirely surprising.
I HAVE read and re-read Dr David Capper's statement about Justice Brett Kavanaugh not being entitled to the presumption of innocence because he was not facing a court of law, or in danger of losing his liberty, with a feeling of incredulity (Write Back, October 18).
Members of our congregations have expressed deep shock and sadness upon learning of the divisive recommendation coming before Ards and North Down Council on Wednesday, September 26.
In Friday's Belfast Telegraph (September 21), Professor Tom Hadden made a number of statements in his piece in the Comment section on Legacy proposals, which I feel I must respond to.
On BBC Panorama, the Prime Minister said: "The people of Northern Ireland deserve to be listened to in these negotiations by the UK as people elsewhere in the country, and it's important that we deliver for the people of Northern Ireland."
WHO is steering Northern Ireland? The Secretary of State seems pleasant but as unwilling to take control as her predecessor was. Perhaps that is the instruction from Westminster, concerned not to upset the DUP on one hand and Sinn Fein and the Irish government on the other.
The latest revelations emanating from the costly Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Inquiry resemble a pantomime farce and only reinforce the view that Northern Ireland politicians, especially in the DUP, are totally unfit to govern.
HAS anyone else noticed how rare it is that someone of note in the arts, sport, entertainment or the media from a unionist background to declare themselves, without qualification, as British, or unionist, when the occasion to do so arises? How different for those of a nationalist background, who seem to have no problem declaring for Ireland.
In response to Dr Billy and Jean Boyd, of Newtownabbey (Write Back, June 25), let me say that to pick quotes from Timothy, Paul and Joshua is disingenuous if we consider what Jesus - who was often seen in the company of "publicans and sinners" - might say about the current state of a small part of his universal Church, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, if he were here today.
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