Gerard Haggarty, Castlewellan, Northern Ireland.
Myself and my wife happened to be in the Byron Library today and while she was busy with getting some documents printed I passed the time reading your paper.
Two articles caught my eye and to say I was shocked at both would be an understatement…
I’ll not go into both but I feel I must pass comment on the article by Mandy Nolan..
Firstly let me say I am a retired builder so foul language does not offend me. I am a man of 65 and as stated come from N Ireland where back in the early ’70s throwing stones at the British army and calling them names of the lowest form was practically a national pastime.
But to see language like the kind Ms Nolan uses in what I assume is a family paper really did hit me for six… and the worst part was her excuse that foul course language is akin to good vocabulary not only shows her lack of understand [sic] of the English language, it being on par with using ‘OMG’ for everything from drinking sour milk to wishing someone a happy birthday.
You have no vocabulary if all you can say is ‘f××k me’ to any and all situations.
But the fault I feel is not entirely hers: the editorial team on your paper must share in the responsibility of letting such bile warp the minds of children. (There was one child of no more than 11 years old reading your paper that I could see.)
Saving the planet means more than just saving the ecosystems: it means raising human standards and not letting them fall to the lowest common denominator.