x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Shared currency makes no sense

A reader says the people of Cyrus have a right to be concerned about German conditions on their economic bailout. Other topics: dangerous driving, Earth Hour and rape in India.

A reader says Cypriots are right to be angry about the bailout terms and should quit the euro. Filip Singer / EPA
A reader says Cypriots are right to be angry about the bailout terms and should quit the euro. Filip Singer / EPA

Dangerous drivers risk everything for a small advantage

Every day on Sheikh Zayed Road, to and from work, I am cut off, followed too closely or flashed at - all while driving at the posted 120 kph and being under radar surveillance every kilometre.

To the people who drive in this manner, I ask: what's the point? You and I will arrive at our destinations with only a minute's difference. Do you really have to drive so aggressively, and harass me and other road users, just to achieve this small advantage?

There is no excuse for this kind of behaviour. One day, someone will slam on their brakes and a tailgater will hit them without the chance to avoid it.

This may even lead to their death.

S Milkdadi, Dubai


Plan to make fog lights mandatory (March 16) caught my attention.

It's hard enough getting some drivers to use lights at all, never mind front fog lights and high intensity rear lights.

It's a crazy situation to be overtaken in the fog by a car with no lights.

The best form of education for those drivers would be the loss of their licence and the loss of their car for six months.

Peter Nixon, Abu Dhabi

Does Earth Hour make its point?

I am not convinced about the usefulness of Earth Hour (Lights-out to save Dh2.1m, March 20).

I think that it is more important what happens the day, the week, the month and the year after.

Turning off the power for just one hour doesn't do any good unless people actually learn from doing so.

Stuart Watts, Dubai

Shared currency makes no sense

I am writing in reference to Cyprus MPs throw out levy on bank savers' cash (March 20).

The Bretton Woods fixed-rate system collapsed in 1971 due to an overvalued dollar. The lesson learnt at that time was that fixed exchange rates do not work in a market economy.

Yet 40 years later, countries are succumbing to the "allure" of being part of the eurozone.

To equate an economic powerhouse like Germany with a tottering economy like Cyprus, and put them on the same footing, defies logic.

The Cyprus saga should also send out a message loud and clear to other hopefuls who want to join the euro zone: being part of Europe's "elite club" comes at a heavy price.

I think it would be better for Cyprus to decouple itself from the euro rather than penalise its helpless depositors.

Anjali Sekhar, Bahrain

Law hasn't solved India's rape crisis

The gang rape of a Swiss tourist in India is upsetting (Six held over tourist rape, March 18).

Although a new law on sexual assault against women has been implemented, there is no sign of abatement of the menace.

Arresting suspects and obtaining confessions from them will not solve the problem.

I believe such criminals should be punished immediately. K Ragavan, India

Health insurance plan welcomed

I appreciate the initiative to ensure that all Dubai workers have health insurance (Mandatory health insurance for all Dubai workers soon, March 18).

I hope the authorities ensure that premiums are paid by employers, and not deducted from workers' pay or collected from them in any other way. Vijay Kumar, India


Projects may help local communities


I am writing in reference to the opening of the Shams 1 solar energy plant in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi emirate (Sheikh Khalifa launches Shams 1, March 18).

I have read articles about major projects planned for or built in Al Gharbia, including tourism destinations, a safe and efficient nuclear energy plant, regional freight and passenger rail infrastructure, the Mastaba art project, and now Shams 1 in Madinat Zayed.

These are all wonderful assets that showcase the successful coordination efforts of different government agencies and private investors.

However, there is a noticeable difference between these projects and the condition of some of the small settlements of the region.

I think projects such as Shams 1 should have some kind of connection to the community they are in, whether it's an interpretive or learning centre in downtown Madinat Zayed or some other public-realm improvement.

Michael Lynch, Abu Dhabi