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Dead and gone

The boy who shot 17 innocent students was expelled from the school earlier and this act is unacceptable (“17 dead in Florida school shooting: sheriff”, Gulf News, February 15). Students are coming to school only to study, and this type of incidents will make them fear and cause them a lot of trauma.

Without further delay, US President Donald Trump’s administration should eradicate the present gun culture and not issue licences for guns to easily.

The safety of the citizens is more important and the US is fighting for terror and they should address this. Many students are coming to the US to study. Will the US immediately act on this?

From Mr K Ragavan
Bengaluru, India


A time to be gracious

The trial of Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian protestor is being held in Israel behind closed doors. The trial should have been held in the open, to demonstrate transparency (“Israel needs to stop imprisoning kids like Ahed Tamimi”, Gulf News, February 15).

Tamimi is just a young girl and was carried away by soldiers because she misbehaved with an Israeli soldier, kicked him, and slapped another. Nevertheless, Ahed is not a soldier or terrorist. She was not armed.

She undoubtedly erred in her conduct. As a common citizen, I urge the Israeli Court to show leniency and let the girl free with an admonishment.

In the celebrated movie of Mr. David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia, a character Gasim, played by an Indian actor, counsels the Lawrence of Arabia, played by Mr. Peter O’Toole and said: "Allah favours the compassionate’"

All faiths respect benevolence and compassion. This is an opportunity for Israel to be gracious.

From Mr Rajendra Aneja


The Yin and the Yang

There is a difference between knowing a password and checking someone’s phone (“Relationship more important than privacy?” Gulf News, February 20).

Relationships are built on trust, we know each other’s passwords and we often scroll through our social media feeds together.

However, we don’t pick each other’s phone to answer calls unless a family member is calling.

There’s no need to go snooping around, until and unless you suspect something. My husband goes out with his friends twice a week and I get my own time too whenever I want. My husband happily stays home to look after our child when I’m out.

From Ms Maddie Khan, Dubai
Facebook comment


Basic privacy is a must

I think it’s best to have some level of privacy between spouses. Spouses checking phones can lead to a lot of arguments because not all discussions, especially ones with family, are for their eyes.

I personally don’t feel the need to check my husbands’ phone, and discourage him from looking into mine.

We are and were complete people before we got married. There are some lines that need to be drawn to ensure the relationship is healthy.

From Ms Rushda Anwar
Facebook comment


No spying on each other

I am not married but I am totally against the idea of checking someone else’s phone or social accounts. In our household, amongst siblings, we do not even attend calls on the other’s behalf, even if he or she is not around.

It is inappropriate in my views. I find it disrespectful to keep a tab on the other person’s phone calls and messages. It accounts to breaching their privacy and can lead to rifts.

Marriage or any other relationship for that matter should be based on trust. As long as there is trust, there is no need to check on phones, I believe. I would be uncomfortable if I have to share messages from my family with my husband or vice-versa.

From Ms Fatima Suhail

Not the CIA, don’t spy

Spying on another person by checking their phone or their messages is silly and should not be done.

If you feel like a partner is being unfaithful to you then talking about it is a better alternative to checking someone’s phone.

I am very against the idea. A lot of my friends are seeing people but no one checks their partner’s phone.

It is simply not done. You’re not the police.

From Ms Arshiya Metha


Need more wins

No doubt the blue eyed boys had come out with a timely century and vital wickets, catches and even a run out. But still their success and failure ratio of 1 to 4 is dismal (“Big Question: Kohli’s men are the best in ODIs”, Gulf News, February 15).

Do cricketers like KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik get a chance after couple of failures? Moreover, what about the run outs caused by the weak legged Rohit Sharma?

Anyway, we too are glad that this time, Kohli to created history and played for another 10 matches. But still, we cannot digest his failure in the first two Tests.

From Mr N. Mahadevan

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