There’s an obsession with the Covid-19 vaccine. There are wedges, lists and other waiting lists and, most importantly, a certain opportunity to get this “miraculous” vaccine. Ramalho Eanes, an eighty-year-old like me, is already rejecting the vaccine and is even placed on the priority list because he is a State Councilor.
Like it or not, this so-called obsession dominates life in this country. There is still plenty of time left for the July, August and September holidays, absolutely sure that millions of people have not yet been vaccinated at this point … and when they return from them they may continue to wait.
Tomaz Albuquerque, Lisbon
Whether or not this letter is published (which is the most common), this will be my last direct contact with the media – neither letters nor articles. I’d rather leave a few notes on a blog. But today and given the prevailing panorama in the media (and I’m not even thinking of mentioning the little disgrace of social networks), that is the hate speech, the disbelief in the viability of our democracy, what is so much effort, so much sacrifice and so much eagerness to get up – 47 years ago. And if there are sometimes bad examples coming from the left, then it is mainly the right quadrants that bombard us daily and constantly with hatred and suspicion, ultimately the result of a long powerlessness. See João Miguel Tavares’ Chronicle in the audience on Thursday and compare it to the dignity of director Manuel Carvalho’s latest editorials. There are so many decent people on the right who write well and sensibly … the right has to start choosing who writes for it.
Fernando Santos Pessoa, Faro
Handing over the crooked load
I am not ignoring the advantage of a parliament, ie a forum of “good men” who, in the final analysis, protect us from the abuses of an “aspiring” dictator who does not lack the whole world, even here in “The Problem Are” Good Men “And women who forgive me, but these” men “are collective.
A democracy is what the citizens of a country are. If people gradually strive for democracy, if people are corrupt, democracy is corrupt, if people are cultured, clear, informed and serious, democracy is too. Therefore, in order to be good, it is necessary to invest in what improves the quality of people – good quality education and accessible to all, a thriving economy and free expression.
Portugal is a country with few resources, apart from the sun – a resource that we cherish with rich cuisine and friendly people. When the world was created we were given little. That is why we can only create and grow prosperity with tourism. But we were and are always at the edge of the water level and with 47 years of socializing politics that must remove prosperity from those who create it in order to guarantee a minimum of dignity to the many who need it, we have not created a critical mass, to help us develop the economy. That’s why we’re just the crooked kind.
In order to have a more liberal economy, stimulate private investment and possibly create more prosperity, we needed a parliament with more open ideas that always faces two major obstacles. A system in which we can only vote for parties, not for people and people who are numb with alms and feel content with a father who gives him the crust and water than ever more do not strive.
Jorge Mónica, Parede
Good and Bad Complaints?
Anyone who sees the world in black and white, good and bad, must have a hard time understanding the extremely complex times in which we live and which do not allow for yes and no answers to many topics. This is related to the opinions of readers in the PUBLIC in the last few days about the complaint (Vítor Serrão and Duarte D. da Silva), which are provoking interesting reflections. We who came from the “other lady” were left with the complaint, we who know fascisms and communisms, in short dictatorships, we know how both live. So we soon suspect your kindness.
Just as I think there is a consensus that there have been good wars like the one that liberated Europe from National Socialism, there are absolutes that I cannot compromise on: torture is always abhorrent. With regard to the complaint, there are no doubt good complaints and many bad complaints. I reserve the kindness of the complaint in very few cases, for example when it comes to domestic violence and child abuse. May God also enlighten me to distinguish the good from the many bads.
Teresa Seruya, Lisbon