x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

What was she squinting at?

A reader says that the Oscar cermeony was marred by the way Renée Zellweger seemed to be having eye trouble. Other letter topics include bariatric surgery, feminism, child labour and job expectations.

A reader is concerned about the eyesight of Academy Awards presenter Renee Zellweger, pictured with her co-stars from the 2002 film Chicago, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Robyn Beck / AFP
A reader is concerned about the eyesight of Academy Awards presenter Renee Zellweger, pictured with her co-stars from the 2002 film Chicago, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Robyn Beck / AFP

Equal opportunity is for the good of society

I would like to comment on Deborah Williams's opinion article, After 50 years of feminism, is the 'mystique' still relevant? (February 24).

Thank you for reminding us that no one is free unless our sons and daughters have equal and unfettered access to health, education and work.

Feminists are sometimes disparaged, perhaps due to a misunderstanding of intent. Perhaps you could coin us a new label?

I agree with you that it's about the good of the entire, global society.

S Serge, Dubai

Surgery is not a healthy option

I have some advice for people who are considering surgery for weight loss (Bariatric surgery is for extreme cases, February 24).

Whatever you do, do not go under the knife.

The solution to your health issues is in changing your lifestyle and habits. This has no side effects.

Name withheld by request

Food for thought over horse meat

Healthy dose of food facts (February 25) suggests that consuming fast food may be giving children asthma, eczema and rhinitis.

I'm more concerned that fast-food restaurants in the UK have admitted that there is horse meat in their burgers.

Supermarkets in the UK have pulled burgers off their shelves, too.

What about restaurants and supermarkets in the UAE? Is anybody asking questions?

I Fletcher, Dubai

Oscar star's squint was a distraction

During the Academy Awards telecast yesterday, presenter Renee Zellweger seemed to be having some difficulties with her eyes.

I noticed it at the very start as she was being interviewed on the red carpet, and when she opened the envelope and showed it to Queen Latifah to read for her.

It looked as if she was either having problems with here contact lens, or was perhaps recovering from laser eye surgery.

Shae Richardson, US

India must ban child labourers

The story of children toiling in India's coal mines for Dh13.5 a day (Rathole miners scrape out an existence, February 24) was very sad.

Despite warnings and protests from NGOs about child labour, it is continuing.

Children should be studying, not being encouraged or forced to work in such conditions.

This menace of child labour should be eradicated.

K Ragavan, India

Play your own part in society

Well done to Asmaa Al Hameli for her blog post Confusing messages are passed along about roles in society (February 19).

I recommend the essay Self Reliance by American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.

His message of trusting in the truth in your own heart will challenge and inspire.

S Swart, Dubai

Job expectations a global problem

I am writing in reference to My father cares, says Saudi prince (February 25), which, among other issues, relates King Abdullah's concerns about unemployment.

Unemployment is a gnawing and growing problem in many countries. Technology makes life easier, but it also needs fewer people.

The average Gulf family tends to be larger than the average European family, and that's one half of the fundamental problem - the other half being the salary and seniority expectations of some young university-educated people.

In my youth in Europe, one started as an apprentice, learnt a work skill and progressed slowly up the ladder as one's skills and capabilities improved and matured.

Too many youth today worldwide will not take the long and hard path; expectations are too high.

No one has a right to success, it has to be earned.

Peter Nixon, Abu Dhabi