It's just not cricket

A reader says the game is suffering due to the scandals in India, including allegations against S Sreesanth. Other topics: traffic, rent and marriages.
A reader says scandals, including the arrest of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, diminish cricket.Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters
A reader says scandals, including the arrest of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, diminish cricket.Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

Enforcement of traffic laws must be consistent

I am writing in reference to Call for new laws to punish bad drivers (May 30).

Over the past few years we've been told that the laws concerning inconsiderate drivers have been tightened, and that bad drivers will be taken to task.

You can have all the laws in the world, but if there is no enforcement, those laws are useless.

Many times I have sat in traffic while vehicles stream up the emergency lane, and nearby police have taken no action.

Also, I never seem to see an exotic car being stopped, just lowly pickup trucks.

More enforcement of the law would be very welcome.

Brian Martin, Abu Dhabi

I tried to send a complaint via the Abu Dhabi Police website about the bad driving of another motorist.

However, the email bounced because the inbox was full.

K Elm, Abu Dhabi

Cartoon doesn't paint the picture

I refer to Shadi Ghanim's cartoon (May 23) showing the Syrian government being manipulated by Russia and the opposition being manipulated by the European Union and the United States.

Considering the reluctance of the West to support the Syrian rebels, it's inaccurate to portray the EU and US as their puppet masters.

S Kobste, UK

Scandals tarnish once-great sport

The unfolding saga related to the just-concluded IPL tournament (Sreesanth denies any spot-fixing, May 23) is sad for any Indian who loves cricket.

The scandals, accusations and blame games among the investigating authorities, players, team owners and the Board of Control reveal that it is no longer a "gentleman's game".

I strongly feel that this is not a one-off incident. However, the influx of money, the overnight elevation of players to mega stardom and the fanfare associated with the IPL has added fuel to the fire.

In many ways, this could have been foreseen by the authorities and they could have taken appropriate action earlier.

Legends are either born or achieve that status through hard work and a consistent approach to their profession and performance.

However, with the IPL we have seen one-off success going to the head of many young players, with bags full of money thrown at them.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Marriage failures far too common

I am writing in reference to Asmaa Al Hameli's blog post Marriage is an unplanned commitment in the UAE (May 23).

I live in Wisconsin in the US Midwest. We have had a terrible divorce rate in America for 40 years now; at least 50 per cent of marriages end in failure.

This seems to be a worldwide epidemic. It is because of a failure to teach our children that life is a process that does not end with "and they lived happily ever after".

Unfortunately, this is what our children are seeing constantly on television and in movies, and reading in books and magazines.

It is far from the reality of living with a spouse from day to day, having children, and raising a family through good times and bad.

Regardless of what one's religious beliefs are, it seems we are failing our children by not properly preparing them for the reality of being an adult in today's world.

I do not know what may be done to make things better, but we all need to think about this, because all of our futures are at stake.

J Natty, US

I refer to the letter by Maryam, Marry in haste, repent at leisure (May 26), in reply to Asmaa Al Hameli's post.

Unfortunately, Maryam, your father set your sisters up for failure.

However, Asmaa's article is about many of the marriages that are thoroughly agreed upon between two spouses and yet still fail.

The couples are harbouring unrealistic and contrasting expectations as to how their marriage should work. They fail to take the long-term view, as Asmaa explains.

Couples must build love together and enjoy it once it is built.

Mohamed Ali, Dubai

Rent rises part of expensive cycle

Sharjah rents rise as Dubai residents go north (May 29) highlights a difficult situation.

Salaries are not improving and costs are just going higher and higher, with education, transport, fuel and, now, rents going up.

Moiz SA, Sharjah


Published: May 31, 2013 04:00 AM


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