Eating the frikandel, more expensive beer, the richness of the peat. Our readers have an opinion about everything. Below is a selection of the best reader letters from the past week.
Eating frikandels I
With increasing disgust I read the reports of the eating frikandellen contest (‘ Fourteen free candles in half an hour ‘, DvhN 29-11). How do you come up with it in this day and age when we have to think better about how we handle our food. And why does Dagbladet pay so much attention to something so disfigured. A good article with pictures. This is really not possible at a time when some people don’t even get hot food once a day and where children have to go to school without breakfast. Think before you organize something like this…
Emmen, H. van Dijk
Heineken more expensive
Heineken has announced that the price of beer will increase by 10.7 percent from 1 January. Just to be clear, Heineken’s net profit in the first 6 months was 1.3 billion euros. That’s an increase of 22 percent! Ms Charlene de Carlvalho-Heineken has an estimated net worth of 12.8 billion. Should the shareholders have more? It would be to their advantage to lower the price.
Hoogezand, Henk Wielinga
The Elie Cohen Bridge
Hats off to Kor Holtrop and Marijke Lap for the success of their initiative to name the new Aduarder bridge over the Van Starkenborgh Canal after the Jewish Oud-Aduarder GP Elie Cohen (‘ Bridge in Aduard is named after GP. Elie Aron Cohen’s life story ‘, DvhN , 30-11). The public interest in celebrating the final adoption of the naming at De Meeden village hall last Wednesday was overwhelming. Not only for Kor and Marijke, but also for Cohen’s son and daughter from his post-war marriage.
Aduard has done something amazing, thanks to the initiative of Mr. Holtrop and Mrs. Lap: they were one of the first to begin to recognize what was done to Dutch Jews in the Second World War, and recognized the Jewish survivors of camps and hiding . the Jewish survivors in our country received hardly, if at all. Thanks for the great article on this.
Bert Weggemans, Support group Aduarderbrug
Competition to eat the frikandel II
To throw up! What a sickening idea (literally and figuratively) this (Fri) eating competition is from the snack bar Lady’s Burgers in Emmen. I certainly don’t think it’s ‘ladylike’ to organize something like that, especially at a time when more and more people are relying on a food bank. Without having eaten a single frikandel I must throw up already.
Smilde, Grietje Snel-Bonder
Groningen landscape destroyed
For the past ten years or so, the landscape of Groningen has been treated ruthlessly. Great plains are covered with solar panels, entire areas are dominated by huge wind turbines. And now the landscape has also been destroyed by a kilometer-long row of TenneT high-voltage pylons. All this as a result of the energy transition we are dealing with. Never before, apart from the construction of new residential and industrial areas, has the landscape changed so much in such a short time.
Marco Glastra claims that the landscape belongs to no one (‘ Total sale of Groningen landscape’, DvhN 29-11). In my opinion, the landscape belongs to us, residents of Groningen, to all of us. And precisely because the landscape cannot stand on its own, we must do so. For a long time I had the impression that an organization like Groninger Landschap had a task in this. It is a pity that they too now conclude that the quality of the landscape is not a priority in the planning process. It is clearly too late. It seems that we lack an organization that represents the landscape, it is now lovingly treated.
Harkstede, C. Lanting
Making excuses from the government is common these days. A good thing I think. You must learn from past mistakes. The so-called ‘wage slaves’ are the people who have previously been exploited and often humiliated. This concerns, for example, the peat workers, farm workers and factory workers. With wages just enough not to starve, but too low to live on. People who were discarded when they were worn out. Much suffering has been alleviated. The trade unions were not created for nothing then. So throw another excuse at it. It certainly can’t hurt.
Assen, J. Bouma
Peat is wealth
I just wanted to comment on the article Peat is wealth, not poverty ‘( DvhN 26-11). When I read the evangelist Jonker’s book, Morning red in the Drentian peat bogs , then I read nothing of wealth among the peat workers. The wealth was only available to a small part of the population.
Dalen, Henk Sijbom