February 19, 2013 |
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny offered an emotional apology Tuesday for government involvement in a harsh system of laundries run by Roman Catholic nuns, where women and girls labored long hours behind locked doors, unpaid and often bewildered about why they were there. “As a society, for many years we failed you,” Kenny said in a televised official apology Tuesday before the Irish Parliament. “This is a national shame.” Kenny stopped, his voice breaking, and then concluded, “Let me hope that this day and this debate heralds a new dawn for all those who feared that the dark midnight might never end.” The apology came two weeks after a report found that the Irish government had been involved in the infamous Magdalen laundries , helping to send girls and women into the workhouses, paying them through government programs and contracts, and bringing runaways back in the hands of police.
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April 12, 2001
I am very appalled at President Bush's wrongful apology to China. We did nothing to apologize for; however, China owes us an apology for its failed attempt at knocking our plane out of the air and then holding our American crew hostage for 11 days. President Bush, like former President Clinton, is bought and paid for by Communist China. The only thing we Republicans should be sorry for is voting for Bush. JOEL BROWN San Diego Isn't it about time that the U.N.'s World Court be allowed to settle disputes like the Chinese-American plane incident?
May 15, 2006
Re "Kaiser Official Apologizes," May 11 Kaiser Permanente's apology comes too late for my husband, Ruben Porras, who died Oct. 20, 2005. My husband suffered for five years while undergoing daily dialysis treatments. He had countless procedures and hospitalizations relating to kidney failure. Kaiser's apology means nothing to me. I was left without a husband, my two children without a father and my grandchildren without their papa. I trusted Kaiser with Ruben's healthcare; I never once thought they would put cost before patients' lives.
March 20, 2012 |
In a court decision that could exist only in our modern age, a man in Ohio was given the choice of posting a court-approved apology to his estranged wife on his Facebook page every day for 30 days, or facing up to 60 days of jail time. Mark Byron, a photographer in Cincinnati, chose the forced Facebook apology, until suddenly he didn't. On day 26 he abruptly stopped posting the lengthy apology written by the court magistrate, saying it violated his right to free speech. Byron told the Associated Press he was willing to go to jail to protect his rights, but it turns out that it won't be necessary. Judge Jon Seive of Hamilton County Domestic Court said Monday that the man had posted the Facebook apology long enough, the AP reported.
October 15, 2002
Re "Falwell Apologizes After Remarks Enrage Muslims," Oct. 13: Every year the Rev. Jerry Falwell has to issue a public apology for remarks he has made. In 2001 he apologized for stating that American liberals invited God's judgment in the Sept. 11 events. Now, in 2002, he has apologized to Muslims for asserting that Muhammad was a terrorist. How about a timely apology from the media for lifting Falwell from the anonymity of his country parsonage in Virginia? Does the right to free speech include a microphone to millions?
September 16, 2012
Re "Romney's opportunism," Editorial, Sept. 13 The editorial is off the mark. The Middle East has undergone a historic shift. How the United States conducts its foreign policy there is always important and often decisive. The direction that the president has steered the State Department ship counts. But rather than raising valid questions about the Obama administration's handling of a monumental international crisis, rather than exploring the root causes of why American embassies are under assault, your editorial lambasts Mitt Romney for failing to raise his hand before he spoke.