x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Triathlete Roy Nasr's tragic death should be a lesson to us all

Police should get tough with bad drivers, drunk or sober, a reader says. Other letter topics today: school diets, school parking and the Fort Hood shooter.

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Police must come down harder on dangerous drivers

Before I moved to Dubai, I was an avid cyclist. But then I realised that it is too dangerous to ride here, even on cycling paths (UAE Triathlon champion killed after being hit by drunk driver near Dubai's Safa Park, Sept 6, Sept 6).

Drivers have no regard whatsoever for human life. News articles confirm this every day. It's a matter of shame for us, and the police ought to come down much harder on dangerous drivers. One way to deter these people is to instil the fear of God into them.

As for the driver who was foolish enough to drive under the influence, he needs to take full responsibility for taking the precious life of a man who was a role model to many, and loved by scores. I pray that Roy Nasr's soul rests in peace.

Elan Fabbri, Dubai

I am shocked and extremely sad for the loss of a great guy and a great sportsman.

Roy and I shared great moments when he was starting to get involved in Triathlon back in the late 1980s. My sincere condolences to his family, and to the sports community in the UAE and the Arab world. Such sportsmen and gentlemen cannot be found easily these days.

May his loss be one more reason for stricter controls and measures to safeguard sportsmen.

Charles Toueg, Dubai

How many more road fatalities due to drinking are we going to witness before alcohol is banned in this country?

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a non-profit organisation in the United States that seeks to curb this phenomenon, shares with the Muslim world the urgency to restrict alcohol.

Yasser Alchamli, Dubai

Schools must stop selling junk food

Sharjah getting serious about the health of kids is good news (School dinners go from sinner to winner to cut childhood obesity, Sept 7).

As part of a new initiative, the Government of Sharjah has declared that it will not allow schools to sell junk food and that sweets and soft drinks will be phased out and replaced by fruits and vegetables and other healthy meals. It is also heartening to know that the prices will be fixed, affordable and uniform.

Children learn at home as well as in school. Parents can teach their children better if schools support them.

Many children in the UAE suffer from health problems mainly because of a lack of physical activities. They suffer more because they eat junk food. I think every school in the UAE should adopt similar plans without wasting time.

However, I would like to point out that the news is about school lunch, not dinner, as your headline proclaims.

As far as I know, no school in the UAE serves dinner.

Sneha Shruti, Abu Dhabi

Some services should be free

I am writing in reference to the article Free parking outside Abu Dhabi schools (September 5).

I am glad to know that Mawaqif will not fine parents and others who come to drop off or pick up children at schools. It is, however, disappointing that the exemption is from 6am to 9am and noon to 4pm. What will the teachers do? What about the rest of the people who work at schools?

It's sad that nothing comes free in the UAE, especially in Abu Dhabi, even though the Emirates is one of the richest countries in the world and Abu Dhabi is the richest emirate.

Some public services need to be provided for free. My country, which is not as rich, also provides plenty of free services such as free parking in designated areas and free drinking water at every place across the country.

Name withheld by request

Officer could live meaningful life

I pity the waste that Major Nidal Hassan has made of his life (Fort Hood shooter's lengthy legal path to 'martyrdom', August 30).

He was a professional doctor who could have led a successful and meaningful life by serving people in refugee camps if he wanted an honourable purpose in life.

Name withheld by request