x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Old-fashioned entertainment

A readers says he was surprised to discover that the Harlem Globetrotters are still touring. Other letter topics: bouncing cheques, Syria and childcare.

A reader says he was surprised to discover that the Harlem Globetrotters are still touring. Mike Young / The National
A reader says he was surprised to discover that the Harlem Globetrotters are still touring. Mike Young / The National

Time for a rethink on bank regulations

President orders cheque bouncers freed (October 26) is great news for all the people who have been pardoned.

I believe it should also be seen as a wake-up call to the banks.

I hope serious consideration is given to the advice from Ali Al Nuaimi, the secretary of the Federal National Council's finance and economic affairs committee, regarding the introduction of credit checks.

He is right in saying that the banks' advertisements make loans look very attractive, and people can be easily enticed into borrowing much more than they can afford to repay.

It seems that the banks are more interested in handing out money to keep the wheels of their business turning in the short term than they are in acting responsibly.

The fact that they make reckless loans might also explain why interest rates on credit cards here are much higher than in many other countries. The rest of us are paying for the banks' irresponsibility.

I would like to see a complete overhaul of the banking system.

Paul James, Dubai

Lasting solution needed for Syria

Sadly, Syrian ceasefire fails to halt killing (October 27) is no surprise.

Only the world's greatest optimist could have believed that the regime and rebels forces would put down their weapons over Eid.

The fact that the fighting goes on is evidence that any attempt at a diplomatic solution is well and truly doomed. Also, any thought that a ceasefire could have been some sort of circuit breaker in this crisis was naive.

How long is the rest of the world going to allow the slaughter of the innocents in Syria to continue?

J Ryan, Dubai

Mother's care is every child's right

I am writing in reference to Are you damaging your child? (October 23).

It's a shame that the healthcare community would rather prescribe medication for children than take a look at parents' interaction style and attachment to their children.

I don't think parents purposefully neglect their children, but societal and financial pressures mount up and parents succumb to the pressure.

Maternity leave is short term and choosing to care for your own children is seen as a privilege for the wealthy rather than a right of the child.

I applaud Dr Faye Snyder's efforts in speaking out for children and their need for continuous attachment.

This work seems so intuitive yet in this modern age it is regarded as revolutionary.

A Kotok, US

Entertainment from another era?

I was surprised to read Winning fans a slam dunk for Globetrotters (October 26), because I didn't realise that the Harlem Globetrotters still existed.

In my mind, they are a relic of a time long since past; synonymous with the bad television shows I watched as a child, when a guest appearance by the Globetrotters meant the programme had definitely "jumped the shark".

Still, who am I to complain if they are giving pleasure to people? Ian Dunn, Abu Dhabi

Tourists require more information

I was initially bemused by reading Police find tourist drunk and shirtless (October 26), but I quickly realised that it highlights a serious problem.

While tourism is an important and growing industry in the UAE, it seems that too many people come here without understanding the conservative nature of society.

Travel agents and airlines really must do more to inform visitors that public drunkenness and rowdy displays are not acceptable.

The punishment - a Dh2,000 fine - was correct, but I think a few lessons in appropriate behaviour were also called for.

Terri Holt, Dubai

Vocabulary takes a holiday

With the perfect weather that arrived just in time for Eid, who wouldn't want to be on the beach?

I only have one question about your story Malls and beaches packed as many opt for staycations (October 26): when did "staycation" become a word?

Colin Richards, Abu Dhabi

Confusion reigns over border rules

It is such as shame that confusion remains about the requirements for visiting Oman (Eid day-trippers urged to follow new border rules, October 26).

People are being turned away and businesses are suffering.

Perhaps the change in the rules should have been more widely publicised and explained.

R McGrath, Abu Dhabi