Readers of our newspaper and site can send their own letter to email@example.com. Below is a selection of the readers’ letters that appeared in the newspaper on Thursday 15 July about, among other things, Derk Wiersum, the summer holidays and the increasing infections.
Summer holidays | Of course this is not really relaxing on a trip
‘A trip to France is suddenly very exciting’ (AD 14-7). It is incomprehensible to me that the Van Bijlevelt family goes on holiday in this way. What an unbelievable tension they get in this way, and that because of a holiday. Many people like to go on holiday, but not in this way. Soon it will be bad and woe, uncle may have died, mother will go to the Netherlands and may not be able to return to France because of stricter measures. Father cannot go cycling, because then he has to be with the children. What a hassle for a holiday that maybe next year can take place relaxed.
E. Laurens, Barendrecht.
Summer vacation 2. | We should also implement what France is doing
In France you will only be able to enter restaurants, shops and amusement parks if you can present proof of vaccination. I allow them to import this throughout the Netherlands. The reason for me is mainly that more people are getting vaccinated because of this. This benefits the safety of every Dutch person. Furthermore, our heroes of care also deserve a rest. More vaccinations lead to less pressure on healthcare. The people who refuse to be vaccinated show little solidarity with the other Dutch people. The result must be that they have no fun outings in the coming period.
Reza Kloens, Numansdorp.
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Increasing infections | Stop the scaremongering
‘Almost a thousand visitors to the Verknipt festival infected’ (AD 14-7). In this article I only read the words ‘infected, test, visit to festival, complaints, the virus, delta variant or contamination clusters’. But in the whole article I read nothing about sick, hospital, admitted, deceased, IC or no place on IC. Apparently that’s not the case, so what’s the point? The experts, especially in The Hague, must stop all that scaremongering. It is no longer normal, the fear and panic. For some it just gets worse.
Dirk van Stappen, Vianen.
Derk Wiersum | The message from the father goes through marrow and bone
‘My child is gone’ (AD 14-7). The text that Derk Wiersum’s father uttered goes through the marrow and bone. As a mother I can indeed not imagine, although I still see the grief of my grandmother who has had to miss her daughter for 23 years, suddenly deceased. How a father feels when his child has been consciously snatched from him? Cut out the text in the AD and frame it. These words should not be forgotten. It’s about a brave lawyer who wanted justice to prevail, fighting with words, not weapons. But above all he was a beloved child, who was unceremoniously snatched from his proud father. To Derk Wiersum’s father: thank you for your deeply touching words and a lot of strength for all the difficult moments.
Yvonne van Oudheusden, Schiedam.
Pol van Boekel | Football is contact sport
‘I had to support Makkelie’ (Sportwereld 14-7). Pol van Boekel thought the penalty was severely punished, and has difficulty with the criticism. He is hiding behind Uefa’s instructions that intervention is only allowed if the referee makes a clear mistake. If ever that was the case, here it is. Football is a contact sport, and it was so light you wouldn’t notice it on the street. No penalty, which he also considered severely punished. So there is reason to intervene. He found it disappointing that he was not a VAR at the final, which shows a lack of self-reflection.
Theo Ballering, The Hague.
Frank Snoeks | Good thing he doesn’t stop yet
‘EC was Frank Snoeks’ last final tournament’ (AD.nl 13-7). What a professional Frank Snoeks is. Never says too much and understands football. He rises above it. He was already able to do something with the reporting of skating. Glad he hasn’t stopped yet.
Arie de Bruin, Sliedrecht.
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