x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Disaster reminds us of our humanity

A reader says Hurricane Sandy gives us cause to think about our shared tenancy of this fragile planet. Other topics: smoking bans and road safety.

As Americans count the cost of Hurricane Sandy, a reader says we are all vulnerable to nature's fury. Gerry Broome / AP
As Americans count the cost of Hurricane Sandy, a reader says we are all vulnerable to nature's fury. Gerry Broome / AP

The editorial 'Frankenstorm' warning (October 30) provides food for thought.

At times of natural disaster, we must forget the things that divide us and remember our shared humanity and our joint tenancy on this fragile Earth.

I don't know whether there are more of these events occurring now than in the past, whether they are more severe than before, or whether we can expect more and worse storms.

But I do know that we are all in this together, and we should extend sympathy and a helping hand to those affected by disaster wherever and whenever it may occur. Mary Morris, Dubai


Smoking ban not being enforced

The authorities should be congratulated for passing legislation banning smoking in cafes in malls across the emirate (Support for cafe smoking ban, October 12).

But when will it be enforced?

Over the Eid period, I did not see a single smoke-free cafe. What was evident everywhere was cafes with patrons using the ashtrays supplied and smokers inhaling with impunity.

What kind of message does this send to cafe patrons, both smokers and non-smokers?

Isn't it time for Abu Dhabi Municipality and mall management to take action?

Adrian Nichol, Abu Dhabi

Drivers must be alert to dangers

Time and time again it is speed and reckless driving that creates these horrific road accidents (UAE roads claim 13 lives over Eid holidays, October 30).

When will people learn? I suppose they think it will never happen to them.

There's been such a sad loss of life and many families are in mourning. It's no wonder I'm worried every time I get into my car.

A Williams, Dubai

All it takes is a 20km/h impact to send an unrestrained passenger slamming against a windscreen or, worse, ejected from the vehicle.

Why some parents seem to have such disregard for the safety of their children is beyond my understanding.

We need far stricter enforcement of the seat belt laws, or the death toll will just continue to climb.

G Sutton, Dubai

Research has shown that driving while using a mobile phone is as dangerous as driving drunk.

The latter is rightly illegal in the UAE, but the former seems to be almost compulsory.

Almost every time I take a taxi, the driver is using his mobile. When we pull up at the traffic lights, I notice that it's the same story with other drivers.

I am sure that inappropriate phone use is a significant factor in road fatalities, and it's time to address the problem.

Colin Richards, Abu Dhabi

End the violence against Rohingya

I refer to Rohingya flee bullets and burning homes (October 29) and express my sympathy to those affected in Myanmar.

I think that the international community is not taking enough action to stop the genocide taking place. By not opening her mouth on this issue, even Aung San Suu Kyi seems to be approving the killing of Muslims.

I think it is time that the Gulf countries stopped selling petrol to Myanmar.

Shabir Zainudeen, Abu Dhabi

Review points out all of our flaws

I enjoyed Ayed Husain's review of the Khalil Gibran play Rest Upon the Wind (Humanising perfection, October 25).

It was a well-written reminder that geniuses have their own share of life's challenges too.

No one is perfect - and, when one is out to change the world, relationships often suffer.

C Farrukh, Abu Dhabi

Safety measures can save lives

I am writing in reference to Why did cleaners die in fall? (October 30).

The authorities should take strict action against companies who don't adhere to safety requirements.

In this instance, it seems that two precious lives could have been saved.

R Thom, Dubai

Call for review of anti-kissing law

When I read Kissing couple end up in court (October 30), I wondered how many people are guilty of the same thing.

I would like to see a poll conducted on this issue.

Laws or rulings that criminalise a large percentage of otherwise law-abiding people should get a second review in my opinion.

Ziad Q, Abu Dhabi