Readers of our newspaper and site can send their own letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a selection of readers’ letters that appeared in the newspaper on Saturday 17 July about the death of crime journalist Peter R. de Vries and the floods in various countries.
Peter R. de Vries | Never accept that the gajes takes over the street
We take to the streets for everything and nothing: against corona measures, against nitrogen measures, against all kinds of political decisions. Now, wouldn’t we, Jandorie, all take to the streets everywhere because we want our country back and we screw it to allow the lads to commit these kinds of murders? Peter R. de Vries, Theo van Gogh, Pim Fortuyn, Derk Wiersum; they deserve that we will not, ever, accept this.
H. van Ruiten, Hellouw.
Peter R. de Vries 2. | Life for the perpetrator, the family has that too
Unfortunately he didn’t make it. My condolences to the bereaved on the loss of this unique person. I wish the judge in this case the wisdom to apply the right punishment. The next of kin have a life sentence due to the loss of Peter. In my opinion, the murderer will have to face the same punishment. Thursday, July 15, 2021, a sad day.
Cees van Ravesteijn, Rijswijk.
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Peter R. de Vries 3. | I was completely stunned
I was not a fan of De Vries. I was often disturbed by the indignant intonation in his voice. But since last week, I opened the digital newspapers daily with some trepidation, always reassured when there was no big headline announcing his death. By Wednesday, that anxiety was all but gone, and Thursday all over, confident he would make it. But just as with the death of Johan Cruijff, I was completely touched by the news that he had passed away. The people who have that on their conscience are not worth living in our society. How can you want to kill someone for his (honorable) profession? It is also an attack against our rule of law. An attack to silence anyone who wants to find out the truth about something or someone from the underworld.
Dizzy de Wijngaert, The Hague.
Peter R. de Vries 4. | I feel defeated
It’s a shitty world we live in. I have no other words for it. I feel defeated. You would advise others, who are doing the same work as Peter R. de Vries, to do nothing and look the other way when another crime is committed. Because you could pay for it with death.
Cecile Beckers, Utrecht.
Peter R. de Vries 5. | The ultimate punishment is the only thing the perpetrators understand
The tears run down my cheeks. Not only for Limburg, Belgium and Germany, but now also for the relatives of Peter R. De Vries and the Netherlands. Where is it headed in this country. Our prisons are a laughing stock for these people who are capable of committing this crime and their status grows with each prison sentence they receive. I really want the death penalty to be reintroduced. That’s all these criminals understand.
Anita Remmerswaal, Wassenaar.
Peter R. de Vries 6. | This is unpalatable
Our Robin Hood. Never again the sound of the comforting voice against injustice. Unpalatable.
C. Booij, Nijmegen.
Crime | Isn’t this also a signal for drug users?
Drug users, has it gradually not been enough? How many more people have to be shot or even killed to keep your drug use going? How much money still needs to be allocated to combat drug crime? Don’t you understand that through your use this trade continues and as long as there is a lot of money involved it will remain so? Only by stopping the use so that there is no longer any trade and therefore nothing to earn from it will these criminal activities come to an end.
Ed van Rotterdam, Puttershoek.
Floods | Cabinet makes promise again
Poor affected Limburg. Fortunately, the caretaker cabinet has decided to introduce a disaster compensation. Poor Limburgers, if things go the same as with the allowance affair and the victims of gas extraction in Groningen, I wish you a lot of strength.
Marianne Verbeek, Rotterdam.
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