Letters to the director’s opinion

Redefine science policy

Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues’ article “The trap of planning science” raises several points of interest for the reassessment, extension and redefinition of public policy for science and technology or scientific research: need for long-term funding, not limited funding, the priorities and only utilitarians and economists have recruiters.

However, in order to solve the alleged dilemma between innovation and science policy for some authors, general questions are raised which, as formulated, could lead to the same existing problems. What better examples than the various vaccines against Covid-19 that the author first mentions. In fact, some searched for existing knowledge of messenger RNA and others for DNA that was already used or sent for vaccines. First, of course, knowledge about RNA and DNA was gained …

Therefore, the importance of tenders to fund research projects is fundamental. And project competitions aimed at specific products. In this case, citing “turning a problem into an opportunity to apply knowledge” or even open to basic strategic research to solve it.

Beatriz Ruivo, Sesimbra

Does it never end?

Portugal is one of the countries in the world hardest hit by this pandemic wave, if not the first, based on the number of people infected per 100,000 inhabitants. Something would attract attention to the government of António Costa. Scientists, epidemiologists, and researchers dispersed in the most developed countries – less optimistic and probably more realistic about how the disease evolves – say that in the years to come (we will) they will be walking around – like dizzying cockroaches – with the permanent ones Mutations of the virus tirelessly in a fight and in a constant effort to find more suitable and effective vaccines. How many human lives will be claimed in our country and worldwide before this desideratum is reached? And the mental health of the people who will reach the threshold? What world is coming and how much pain will martyrs make us? How many suicides will this pandemic cause if it extends over time? And how many people were killed by the cancellation of an urgent operation? I wish we’d woke up from this real nightmare that turns us into real living zombies as we go somewhere, avoiding people and running away from contacts, leaving a meter behind you never know where you are.

António Cândido Miguéis, Vila Real

Caritas children

I congratulate the PUBLIC on the excellent article “Kindercaritas”: When Portugal helped Austria. About a dozen Austrian children were accepted in Cantanhede. Portuguese children greeted them as true brothers. It was my case. In the report I attended when referring to the scarce information of the time, I compared the 1940s with the present: lack of cell phones, internet, television, scarce cinema, and all information censored (in Reader’s Digest) selection , 10, 1942, from page 52 jump to page 62, and in the index the title of the cut article is covered in black. The scratching of the ink reads, “Will the Nazis know they are lost?”) This was the misinformation that existed. There were two newspapers in Cantanhede: Gazeta de Cantanhede, a good newspaper, and Boa Nova. I apologize for my claim that there are no newspapers in Cantanhede, which is incorrect.

Luís Bento, Senhora da Hora

Sunday P2

It was very good for me to read the work on Patrícia Carvalho’s P2 on the Caritas children, not only because it is always good to revive our memories, but also to remember that Portugal, before “Europe existed “, Was already in solidarity.

I inevitably lived a lot this time when I was 8 years old, this was a topic that was talked about a lot in the catechesis I attended in my village and I now understand better why the Caritas movement there was born within the Catholic Church. Perhaps for this reason, or now, I don’t understand better the reasons why Austria offered to receive our compatriots in the midst of an epidemic crisis. It’s always good to know.

José Rebelo, Caparica