x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Education is key to energy efficiency

A reader says education is the key to promoting energy efficiency. Other letter topics: onion prices in India, Turkish pride and modest dress.

A reader says the Indian government should do more to stabilise the price of onions. Noah Seelam / AFP
A reader says the Indian government should do more to stabilise the price of onions. Noah Seelam / AFP

I am writing in reference to Arab states need ‘new relationship with oil’ (October29), which is about renewable resources and energy efficiency.

I believe it all has to do with education.

When I first employed her, my maid was very wasteful with everything. She let the water run in the bathroom for half an hour, turned the air-conditioning on very high, used plastic bags, threw away things without a thought about the environment, and bought cleaning products that were not eco-friendly.

The change took patience, the setting of examples and, above all, explaining to her why we must not waste water and energy, why we must take our own shopping bags when we go shopping, and why we must buy biodegradable cleaning products and shampoos free of dangerous chemicals.

Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi

Price of onions is a crying shame

India’s consumers see red over onion prices (October 30) was an interesting article.

The fact that onion prices seem to increase every day in India is unjustifiable. Whatever reason the government gives for these rises, it is simply not acceptable.

The Indian government promised before the last election that it would take care of food-price inflation, but it has failed miserably.

Onion prices really are bringing tears to the eyes of the common man.

K Ragavan, India

Confused about dress regulations

I refer to Rihanna’s Grand Mosque stunt got headlines, at a cost (October 30).

Some time ago, I had visitors from abroad. I went to the Grand Mosque’s website before our visit, and it stated that visitors must be “modestly dressed”.

I arrived at the mosque wearing very loose-fitting long trousers and a high-necked, long-sleeved, loose-fitting blouse. Over the top, I had an abaya that I bought in Saudi Arabia. This particular abaya was open at the front.

When we arrived at the mosque, I was prevented from entering and was told by the security people that I must wear one of their regulation abayas because my “clothes were showing”.

Maggie Hannan, Abu Dhabi

Car travel has its advantages

I am writing in reference to Siemens signals interest in Abu Dhabi metro project (October 30).

On The National’s Facebook page you ask how the planned tram system would affect our lives.

For privacy reasons, I prefer travelling in my own car.

M Yah, Abu Dhabi

Caps won’t stop cash purchasers

I refer to New limits set on home loans (October 30), about the Central Bank imposing mortgage caps.

It won’t help the market if too many buyers continue to purchase units with cash.

Bint Muhammad, Abu Dhabi

Obama let down by his own people

I refer to Merkel spy claims undermine US (October 28).

I believe President Barack Obama was never informed about the phone spying going on and I feel very sorry for him that a US government department is ruining his name and credibility.

When Mr Obama became president, there was immense goodwill. He wanted to trust everyone and show his willingness to work together, but people several levels down the ladder did not think like him and went quietly on their way doing otherwise.

He is a fine man, but he trusted too many people.

Name withheld by request

Turks feel pride on their national day

The proud citizens of the modern, secular and democratic Turkish Republic this week have celebrated at home and abroad the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic by Ataturk.

Ataturk lives eternally in the hearts, minds and souls of all Turkish citizens as he himself and his colleagues managed an unprecedented struggle to make today’s Turkey possible.

Ataturk’s proud stance, his love for the homeland and his will to claim the Turkish nation’s sovereignty means the Turkish Republic is structured on strong fundamentals.

Gaye Caglayan Budak, Abu Dhabi