Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 23 May 2019

Nations should live within their means, just like prudent citizens

Readers discuss Davos and Donald Trump, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed's tribute to an employee, Indian politics, teenage high jinks and more

A security guard show the way to a man outside of the Davos Congress Centre under snow ahead of the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 annual meeting. AFP
A security guard show the way to a man outside of the Davos Congress Centre under snow ahead of the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 annual meeting. AFP

CNN’s Richard Quest was right when he wrote that Donald Trump will be a star attraction at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting (Davos 2018 will be Trump’s victory lap and a chance to rub naysayers’ noses in his success).

Mr Trump grabbed America’s attention by articulating causes that nestled deep in the hearts of many citizens who perceived themselves as deprived. Terrorism and economic uncertainty had hurt them. They wanted these issues confronted.

In 2018, Mr Trump will continue to astonish. He might amuse or infuriate; however, he does speak his mind, and bluntly. Expect him to shake up immigration and foreign relations. Hopefully his business instincts will prevail over his politics.

He might even tackle the American debt through trade deals with China and Japan. He should.

A nation, like a prudent citizen, should live within its income and also save some cash.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Justice must prevail after nationalists rampage

In reference to your article Indian states ask again for film ban amid violent protests, despite the Indian Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning the ban on the release of the film Padmavat in some states, nationalists have gone on a rampage. It is saddening to note that state administrations were unable to control the violence or rein in the violent nationalists. The decision by the top court should be respected.

K Ragavan, India

A long-serving employee who deserves the highest praise

In reference to your story Sheikh Mohammed thanks employee for 40 years of dedication at Crown Prince Court, this is a good way to show appreciation for a long-serving employee. Moideen Ibrahim must surely have seen how the UAE has prospered during the 40 years of his service, particularly being in the media office. Meeting the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi would no doubt be one of the happiest moments of his life. In today’s world, employees might not stay for a long period in the same job as they feel that frequently moving jobs encourages them to grow faster. However, Mr Ibrahim has gained decades of experience, which will hopefully be a lesson for his family and friends.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Parents’ misdemeanours are worse than their children’s

In response to Tricks to tackle your teens. In my view, teenagers tend to be better behaved than their parents. Most of them know their limits. I think it’s the parents who need good behaviour lessons.

Mathew Litty, Dubai

The loss of life in the fire in Fujairah is unbearable

I refer to your article Family and friends attend funeral of seven siblings killed in Fujairah house fire. This story rips my heart.

Ayesha Baloushi, Dubai

Updated: January 23, 2018 01:53 PM