Recycling is the right thing to do

Readers say we should all recycle when we can. Other topics: the Haj, Trevor Noah and gossip

Readers say that everybody should be responsible for recycling rubbish. (Paulo Vecina / The National)
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I agree with John Henzell that we all need to think about recycling (To a lentil-eating hippie, there's no such thing as a free plate, September 15).

It is frustrating to see the waste around us. Every time we order takeaway food, I can’t believe how many unnecessary things are given to us. We get disposable cutlery, napkins and even plastic cups.

Are people so lazy that they don't even use their own silverware and dishes when eating fast food at home? Indira Molina, Dubai

The problem with recycling is that too many people don’t put their rubbish in the bin in the first place. Start there and work upwards.

Dave Pryce, Dubai

I used to drive to a big recycling bin near a supermarket in Abu Dhabi.

As soon as I got rid of all my newspapers, boxes and so on, a man appeared and took it all out of the bin and put it on the back of his bicycle.

F Doyle, Abu Dhabi

Recycling is always worth it. Don’t wait for others. If the facility to recycle exists, just do it.

Sanchita Guha, Abu Dhabi

Haj is a special time for Muslims

Every year, millions of Muslims from around the world make the pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Haj.

Dressed in the same simple white clothing to represent human equality, the pilgrims gather to perform rites dating back many centuries.

All Muslims are required to make this pilgrimage once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able to do so.

The Haj is a gathering of humanity in one place, at one time. It has specified schedules and rites which are followed by all pilgrims.

The diversity and size of the crowds of pilgrims in Mecca during the Haj is something that needs to be seen to be understood.

Samaoen Osman, South Africa

Noah should be given a chance

I was surprised by your story Daily Show with Trevor Noah will not screen on OSN (September 15).

Couldn’t they let the people be the judge? I was willing to give him a chance. So should OSN.

Stacey Sevy, Dubai

Well, that’s disappointing. They have cancelled Noah’s show without even trying it first.

This is not a good decision. No reason was given other than a hunch about ratings.

It’s not a good way to run a business in my opinion.

Paul Martin, Al Ain

I was really looking forward to seeing him.

Chantal Sagar, Dubai

What a child can do with a big car

After reading Emirati, 8, wins Bentley supercar (September 15), I asked my 11-year-old son what he would do with a beautiful car like that. He thought about it and said: "I would sell the car and buy a small eco-friendly car. I would donate the leftover money to the children at the homeless shelter so they could buy shoes and bicycles."

I was very happy to hear his answer.

Susanne Cherrie, Dubai

Gossip is never the right thing

I cannot agree with your columnist Justin Thomas (Can gossip be good for us in certain circumstances?, September 14).

Why does anyone need to talk about other people, especially behind their backs? That’s cowardly. One should never talk about other people and their business because no good will ever come of it.

Jean Ng Lewis, Abu Dhabi

Israel must look after Palestinians

I refer to the opinion article Israel has a moral duty to take Palestinian refugees (September 15).

Israel should support this move purely on a humanitarian basis. But it is time for the United Nations to intervene and look after those refugees who are desperately trying to find a place to live.

It is equally important to stop the spread of terrorism, which is why people from war-ravaged countries flee to neighbouring states.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman