Sammy finds a home
Sammy was abandoned and left to fend for herself on the streets of Al Quoz. However, thanks to some factory workers in the area, who looked after her for more than six months, feeding her with whatever little they had and giving her water, she survived the summer heat. The factory workers had become her friends and used to keep a lookout for her. At night a security guard made sure she was safe. I heard about Sammy and went to see her and immediately fell in love with her from day one — she is a beautiful and friendly character. The factory workers clearly loved having her around, but they also wanted a good home for her, as she had a tendency to run out and chase cars, which was dangerous. I went every evening to give Sammy her supper — she used to run up to me and greet me, and was always sad when I left. The good news is that a home has been found for Sammy and she has now settled in with a lovely family in Jebel Ali. She is getting all the love and attention she deserves.
From Ms Janice Shaw
Tribute to Shaikh Zayed
I have lived in this country for almost eight years and I am amazed at how Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan worked hard to unite the seven emirates ("Remembering UAE's formative years", Gulf News, October 23).
I really admire his intelligence and kindness. Many people, especially the older generation who happened to become part of the country's history, say that he had a very good heart and he always considered the welfare of his people and other nationalities in every decision he made.
I pray that his good deeds and vision continue to flourish.
From Mr W. P C.
The best place
I love this country and always have been sincerely grateful for everything the UAE has provided me with. It is also an amazing place to live in. I wish everyone a happy National Day.
From Ms Salma Asharef
It is so ridiculous to find out after 30 years that a person is innocent ("Man found innocent after 30 years", Gulf News, October 23). Why wasn't the DNA test done at that time? He should be compensated by the US government for the ordeal he has gone through.
From A Reader
It took 30 years to get the test done? This is ridiculous. This man's happy life was snatched from him.
From Mr Khurram
Just like that? Only a release from prison? That is hardly justice. There needs to be monetary compensation from the government so that he is able to carry on with what's left of his life. And this goes for all the other innocent people jailed and then released.
From Mr Anton
Getting more reckless
Recently, I have noticed that people are driving more recklessly and without patience ("Official: Motorists causing fatal accidents should face probation", Gulf News, October 23). I think this has increased ever since schools resumed classes. I have also seen more people talking on the phone and messaging while driving. The authorities need to take strict action against this.
From Mr Farhan Allah Quraishi
This is a great idea. I would even recommend that this probationary period should be applicable to everyone who causes crashes due to their behaviour. There are still too many motorists who are driving dangerously — starting from not using indicators when changing lanes to flashing at pedestrians who want to cross the street in designated areas. This cannot be acceptable!
From Mr Thomas