x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Footballing for the money

A reader comments that every athlete, even Asamoah Gyan, are motivated by money more than they care to admit. Other topics addressed by letter writers: costly private schools, India's political class, Al Qaeda's reach and guns in Jordan.

The Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan, left, joined Al Ain on a year-long loan deal earlier this week. One reader questions the motives behind the move. Glyn Kirk / AFP
The Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan, left, joined Al Ain on a year-long loan deal earlier this week. One reader questions the motives behind the move. Glyn Kirk / AFP

In reference to New private schools have capacity of 5,000 (September 11), parents want to give their children the best education, but not every parent can pay Dh30,000 or Dh40,000 to put his or her child in elementary school.

And on the other hand, schools with lower fees take parents for granted because they know they cannot afford to move their children elsewhere if the quality of education is compromised.

Meanwhile, the high fees of other schools seem to be unjustified because there is no extra service that deserves the fee hike. I mean they won't take our kids to the Moon, will they? It's just a matter of prestige, but they're just normal schools in the end. Most parents are frustrated by the hefty fees they have to pay for their children's education in Dubai, or frustrated by not being able to put them in a "good" school because they can't afford it, and it's only getting worse.

Mona Ali, Dubai

All footballers follow the money

I have to laugh when footballers like Asamoah Gyan say their move was not about money (The best attack on paper, September 13).

That's exactly what it's about. Gyan sulked until he got his way, leaving Sunderland no choice but to let him go.

David Langston, UK

India's politicians not accountable

The Indian activist Anna Hazare's suggestion, that there should be a "right to recall" incompetent and dishonest legislators, merits serious consideration.

The politicians who manage India have become a power unto themselves. They seem to have no accountability to anybody. Many of them hail from modest backgrounds from the villages and small towns.

So when they get an opportunity to deploy power for financial aggrandisement, they do so with immunity and no fear.

Indian leaders must realise that they are elected to manage a country, by the people, who are the real shareholders or owners of the country. These leaders are accountable to the people and should be tabling quarterly progress reports on what they have delivered to the people.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai

Al Qaeda still spreading fear

The attack on the icons of America's economic and military powers, the Twin Towers and Pentagon, changed the world instantly (Ten years on, silence. Then the church bells toll, September 12).

The change did not take place due to the terrorist attacks; the world was changed by the massive reaction and fury of the sole superpower.

Within a period of one month, an attack was launched on Afghanistan which toppled the government of the Taliban but which caused the terrorists to be grateful.

Hindsight has now revealed that this was what Al Qaeda was asking for. It had successfully provoked the US to enter the land where two earlier superpowers, Britain and the USSR, had lost their pride and glory. After 10 years, $1 trillion and thousands of lives, Al Qaeda is many times stronger and formidable.

Ben Randle, US

Prison term is cautionary tale

I am so happy for Sakeer Hussain Kutty and his family after he was released for serving three years in prison although he was sentenced to three months (One mistake I can never forget, September 14).

This teaches everyone a lesson to be very careful while driving, as it can change lives within seconds.

Ranu Ghasita, India

We're responsible for guests' safety

Great tips in A guide to handling food safely, from the market to the table (September 1).

The last thing I want is to be responsible for food poisoning when I invite guests to eat from my table, be it a fly problem or cross contamination allergies.

Camile Baxter, Dubai

Jordan's guns are still a problem

The article Jordan to enforce 'happy shooting' ban was published almost a year ago (August 19, 2010) and just today there was what seemed like a battle near my apartment: pistols, shotguns, automatic rifles, you name it.

No, it was not a war skirmish but a celebratory "happy shooting" in one of Amman's wealthy and densely populated neighbourhoods.

The police did nothing and only dropped by to congratulate the wedding party. When I complained to those attending the wedding they were offended and denied anything was wrong.

Ali Ismail, Jordan