It is not extreme to oppose the murder of an innocent

One wonders what our society has come to given the headline ‘MP Jacob Rees-Mogg defends ‘extreme’ anti-abortion views’ (Sep10). In this topsy-turvy world, where black is white and white is black, is it now acceptable to consider those who oppose the murder of an innocent as ‘extreme’? Brian Kennaway, South Antrim This letter appeared in the Belfast Newsletter on Monday

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If pro-IRA graffiti is a hate crime, then so must be eulogising IRA murderers

I am somewhat bewildered by the article “IRA graffiti on Londonderry houses a ‘hate crime’” (31 July) This article goes on to refer to the writing of graffiti “IRA Ghost” daubed on “seven local homes and murals featuring the Apprentice Boys and British Legion” in Londonderry. The writer goes on to quote various sources describing this action, by unknown perpetuators, as

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Tougher punishment for trespassing would bring our dangerous bonfires under control.

I note with some personal interest the comments of “Belfast Unionist’ (Writeback 20 July), where the author calls for the creation of a ‘Bonfire Commission’. While this is a commendable suggestion in order “solve the (sic) problem”, it would only create another layer of bureaucracy in order to deal with one specific issue. A more all inclusive resolution would be

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No grey areas when it comes to our border

Dear Sir, I was alarmed to read the article “Taoiseach Varadkar insists Republic won’t design border in Ireland for ‘Brexiteers’” (News July 29) in which a British Government spokesperson was quoted as saying “We aim to have as frictionless a border as possible between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland…”. Surely any border, visible or otherwise, will be between

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