x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

National railway network will have many benefits

Readers praise the proposed national rail network. Other topics: Miss America, the death penalty and credit cards.

Readers support plans to build an extensive rail network across the UAE. Jaime Puebla / The National New
Readers support plans to build an extensive rail network across the UAE. Jaime Puebla / The National New

I refer to Rail the right track for future transport (September 15).

Everyone I know in the UAE is looking forward to a national rail network. Such a network will bring great benefits, as rail networks have in other countries.

First of all, it will benefit trade because large consignments of goods can be carried from one place to another easily and at a cheaper cost.

Another benefit is that it will make travelling easy. Many expatriates who live in the UAE are used to travelling by train in their home countries and, given the opportunity, they will leave their cars at home and take a train to their destination.

It will also make it easy for all residents to live in the place of their choice.

But the best thing about the train service is that it will reduce traffic congestion, thus lowering the number of accidents and saving lives and money.

Fewer cars means less pollution and less trouble.

Trains are beneficial in every sense. In fact, all Gulf countries should consider building a common railway network that would benefit them all.

Nina Nagpal, US

The benefits of a national rail network will be astronomical.

I lived and worked in AbuDabi for 24 years and all my children are in the UAE.

Currently, I live in England and I am following news about the development of the High Speed 2 rail network.

The UAE is in an ideal position to accomplish a mega project such as this.

Hussain Aziz, UK

It will no longer make sense to drive when a nationwide railway network becomes functional.

Fatima Suhail, Dubai

Some banks give credit too easily

I refer to Frank Kane’s article Credit body forecast to cool down overlending (September 12).

Some banks in the UAE are too pushy. I was trying to set up a direct deposit recently and the bank representative asked me a minimum of 10 times whether I wanted a Dh300,000 loan.

Then, instead of sending me a debit card, they sent a credit card.

Shondale Galindo, Abu Dhabi

This is a plea to people to use their credit cards wisely.

Cards are amazing tools for shopping if they are used wisely, but you should not make purchases beyond what you can afford.

If you do, you may never be able to pay the money back and you will forever be caught in a debt trap.

Moiz SA, Sharjah

Harsh penalty will act as a deterrent

I am writing about the story on the gang rape case in New Delhi, Rights groups slam death sentence (September 15).

If it takes these young men to be hanged to set an example for the rest of India, then so be it.

Inaction on the issue of rape – despite many, sometimes public, incidents of this crime – has brought India to the world’s attention.

Hang them all, until justice has the upper hand.

Monica Carver, Dubai

Even though rape is horrible, killing these men is not a solution.

They are young and ignorant; it would have been better to make them understand their mistake and suffer remorse in jail. Yoann ML, Abu Dhabi

Miss America has support of Indians

I welcome the victory of 23-year-old Nina Davuluri, as reported in The first Miss America of Indian heritage celebrates true diversity (September 17).

Millions of Indians are happy for her.

K Ragavan, India

This was a great result. It shows that nothing is impossible.

Imma Serano, US

Dialogue key to solving problems

I am writing in reference to Shadi Ghanim’s cartoon depicting a fake gun shooting a flag with the word “diplomacy” written on it (September 16).

I think dialogue is a better path to conflict resolution – but that depends on who you talk to.

Aisha Al Suleimany, Oman

The flag could have read “democracy”.

Rezaa Kasu, Qatar