Humans are the bigger problem – not wildlife
I have seen people spitting, throwing their cigarettes and discarding trash everywhere and residents are worried about pigeons (‘Pigeon droppings vex Dubai residents’, Gulf News, April 16)? Humans have bigger brains and are more intellectual beings than pigeons, but humans are the ones destroying the Earth.
From Mr Victorio Gozum Onate
A question of cleanliness
If it is anything harmful, then we should keep away from it or clean it up. I have neighbours on the third floor who are feeding the pigeons and hundreds were messing up the whole building.
After several warnings by the landlord and other tenants, this woman still won’t give up. Calling the municipality didn’t work as they said it’s the landlord’s responsibility.
Our option is just to vacate the flat.
From Mr Niaz Ka
Why don’t residents make an invisible fence with fishing line on their balconies to keep the pigeons away? I’ve seen beaches use this method to prevent the seagulls from landing on public beaches and it works. It doesn’t hurt them, but they can’t fly through it.
From Jo Ann Wong
Taking care of the birds
The pigeons just need water because of the weather. I put water on our balcony for the birds every day. They are around just as the other birds, but they aren’t making a big mess. They are noisy if I forget to put water out, like they are asking for it.
From Ms Jhe Austria
Giving the school notice
It is common practice for parents to advise the school and the bus service ahead of time so that incidents like these can be avoided (‘Bus driver leaves 4-year-old girl in midday heat for one hour’, Gulf News, April 17). Let’s just hope that the parents did give clear instructions of drop off procedures, regardless of the early morning pick-up stop.
From Ms Maxene Dodds
Can’t leave a child
Irrespective of where the parents were, if the bus driver knew they were not at home, he should not have just dumped the child. He should have taken the child either back to school or to the police station. Not only could the child have died in that heat, but what happened if someone unsavoury had picked her up? It could have been a far different story we could be reading.
That bus driver and supervisor should be severely disciplined - they obviously can’t be trusted to look after children.
From Ms Beth Thomas
Living in old houses
The UAE has very old houses in some places (‘Ceiling collapse kills Emirati in Ras Al Khaimah’, Gulf News, April 15). I think that such houses should be demolished and replaced with new homes for these people. Some of these homes really look dangerous to live in. My condolences to the family of the bereaved.
From Mr Freddy Smith
If having too much Hindutva is the problem in the north Indian states of India, the south, especially Kerala, is experiencing a downfall in rule of law and order and its proper maintenance (‘Kerala CPM, CPI continue to spar over Jishnu suicide issue’, Gulf News, April 16). Culprits who are being taken to the police stations are being waylaid and released by the supporters of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), which has no democratic principles whatsoever. Political violence rules the roost and the ruling Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M) protects the perpetrators of violence with a strong touch of fascism. Unfortunately, recently there is a big chasm of ideological variations between the ruling main Marxist party and its co-traveller, the Communist Party of India (CPI). One has to do research to find out the basic differences between the two groups. Which party is nearer to real Marxism is the moot question.
One can expect some significant political changes in the ideologies of the two main wings of the
Communist party in India soon.
From Thomas Matthew Parackel
More order needed!
The Indian parliament strongly condemned the statement of Yogesh Varshney, a leader of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), announcing a 1,100,000 rupee (Dh62,700) bounty to anyone who beheads the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (‘Outrage over politician’s call to behead Mamata’, Gulf News, April 14), with the centre saying the state government was free to take legal action against him. The issue was raised in both houses by All India Trinamool Congress members, with all major political parties and the government condemning the statement. Jaya Bachchan of the Samajwadi Party said that there was a need to take aggressive steps for protection of women. Varshney had publicly described Banerjee as a demon.
Many leaders, members of parliament and members of the legislative assembly (MLA) have no control over what they are saying. The government should take severe action otherwise India will become a land of chaos.
From Mr Sunny Joseph
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