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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

After Las Vegas, will the tide of US public opinion now turn? 

Readers discuss the shootings in Las Vegas, getting fit and the cost of education

A candlelight vigil on the Las Vegas strip on October 2, 2017, for the victims of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival. Politicians have so far offered condolences and sympathy but little hope of changing gun laws. Chris Wattie / Reuters
A candlelight vigil on the Las Vegas strip on October 2, 2017, for the victims of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival. Politicians have so far offered condolences and sympathy but little hope of changing gun laws. Chris Wattie / Reuters

I refer to the sad news from the United States in your article Worst US mass shooting 'an act of evil' (October 3). I hope the recent shooting incident in Las Vegas, which is one with the highest number of casualties in the US, will turn American public opinion against the prevailing gun culture. The Trump administration must realise that allowing this to happen once again is highly unacceptable. The authorities should ensure that greater security is deployed around big events such as the concert in Las Vegas. It is high time that US authorities take a forceful step towards the eradication of such menace that have led to the death of innocent people over past decades. My prayers are with the victims and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.

K. Ragavan, India

I'd love to get on my bike and get fit

The challenge launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai, is so exciting (Dubai Crown Prince launches 30-day get fit challenge, October 3). I just wish there were a public means to get the bikes to Al Qudra or any cycling track to facilitate this.

Akhil Alex, Dubai

Why does education have to cost so much?

In reference to your article, UAE parents are the second highest education spenders globally (October 3), one should note that basic education is not necessarily expensive. Everything is an option that parents choose to offer their children, like a costly private-school education.

Fayad Saleh, Yemen

Something should be done to lower fees, as well as all the extra additional expenses incurred during the academic year for school trips. It seems as if we pay school fees and still end up paying for everything else.

Irshad Valli, Dubai

Schools in the UAE have a hard time catering to children with special needs. We had to register our special needs child in a private school to ensure he got the right support.

Name withheld by request.

Cancer medication comes at too high a price

Your interview, 'I bought chemo drugs in India for a quarter of the price' (October 3) is a great story. It is such a shame that low-income workers cannot afford treatment in Dubai.

Ab Warsame, Dubai

Income tax liability depends on where you come from

I write in reference to your article, Are you liable for income tax while living in the UAE? (October 3). Income tax liability depends on your country of origin. If you are an American citizen, for example, the US grants your income to be tax free up to a certain point, depending on whether you are married, filing jointly or individually. The limit was $108,000 (around Dh400,000) for the year 2016, for married couples filing jointly. Anything over that would be taxable.

Troy Patrick, United States

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