Letters to the director’s opinion

Discrimination against the elderly in Portugal

After reading your article on gender at Estado Novo, I think it will also be important to comment on the situation that older people are currently in Portugal. Assume an 84 year old whose pandemic has canceled their income. He goes to the bank and asks for a loan so that he can continue to live in his own apartment. The apartment is there as security. He is denied a loan because he is over 75 years old.

75 years is the limit. Could this be a European directive, I don’t know. But that is completely discriminatory. A person can live to be 100 years old today. Pay your IRS your taxes as if you were 30 years old. In the United States there is a so-called “reverse mortgage”. The person lives in their home and when they die the residence belongs to the bank that lent them the money. It’s more human. This directive should be abolished immediately.

Maria Liphardt, Cascais

Vaccination certificates

In the last few days there has been a lot of talk about vaccination certificates in the EU so that we can move freely around Europe: It is a hiking idea that should cause us all great concern and rejection. It reminds me that I have already visited Auschwitz, the star that they placed on certain groups of citizens to distinguish them from others, those who were pure. From an ethical point of view, this is completely unacceptable and an open door to the most absurd demands that politicians will remember in the future. I happen to have all of my vaccines up to date as I always update them at my health center and get vaccinated against the Covid-19 as soon as they call me but I would refuse to have the vaccination report in my pocket at all times. to show any police that got in my way. There are things that are so excruciatingly deviant that I don’t know how people will accept them without turning a blind eye, and I am disgusted by the ease with which the politicians we elected think of proposing them – that idea is to place us all as slaves of a totalitarian system to which we cannot give our acceptance.

Carlos Duarte, Lisbon

Return to Entre-os-Rios

Twenty years after the tragedy and two new bridges, I returned to Entre-os-Rios and saw that nothing has changed. A street variant that leads nowhere proves that the promised accessibility never occurred. Castelo de Paiva, less than 50 kilometers from Porto, is an example of the isolation chosen by the politicians who passed with impunity among the raindrops of that fateful night. It was not only the column serving in support of the Hintze-Ribeiro Bridge that collapsed, but also the collapse of justice, one of the pillars of the rule of law that was not guilty among those who removed sand from the river or among them found those responsible for maintaining a structure that has asked for work.

Emanuel Caetano, Ermesinde

The public ombudsman

I have always read the texts written by the Ombudsman, as well as all the texts published in the Letters to the Director sections sent by his dedicated readers. I applaud the newspaper and the fact that it has the reader vendor who, on behalf of the newspaper, has brought the reader vendor closer with its weekly articles.

There are newspapers that lack this section, which shows that they don’t care about the opinion of readers. There was even a daily reference paper that chose to suppress it, thus denying space devoted to reader / writer opinion. For those minimizing the value of this section, I must add that this section deserves a PhD in Education – “The letters from readers in the Portuguese press: a form of communication and public debate”, by a university professor who did that Please send me over the internet. What amazed me most was the bulk of the bibliography she presented at the end of her dissertation: more than three hundred journalists and writers, some top-class professionals, all foreigners, each wrote a book on the multifaceted value of this section and its authors.

I am a strong advocate of this section and therefore I am very grateful to the PUBLIC for having published many texts over the course of three years, which I then put together – one text on each page added at the same time. which were published more or less in a similar amount by Diário de Notícias, a 380-page book was created, which I published in 2014.

Artur Gonçalves, Sintra

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