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Responses to ‘climate killers’: ‘Don’t give up on older generations like that’

‘Young people, don’t blame older generations because they screwed up the climate’, and ‘Nobody wants to walk around in the ‘metaverse’ of Facebook in goggles, right?’: these are some topics from the news that keep readers busy. Below are all letters that appeared in the newspaper of Thursday 21 October. You can send in a response yourself via

Young people, just like us, put your shoulders under your living conditions
I am peeling potatoes over a newspaper and read in it that young people blame the generations before them that their living environment is at stake. These previous generations rebuilt a country after the war: we wanted to move forward and were satisfied with little. We weren’t the generation of backpacking, of taking a gap year, of festivals and leaving the mess behind. We worked and saved for a house and were satisfied. That last word is often missing. Don’t point at us, but be proud of how older generations have made a country prosperous. Of course mistakes have been made, but don’t think yourself so pathetic. Don’t bullshit, just brush! Good luck with that.

Joke Sterkenburg, Zevenhuizen

Each country should focus more on its own constitution
Poland clashes hard with EU (AD 20-10). Great panic and indignation about the Polish government, which claims that the Polish constitution takes precedence over European laws. That seems a strange reaction to me: every country has a constitution that is democratically enacted. It is therefore logical that you do not subordinate the national constitution to European laws whose democratic content can at least be called into question. To give an example: Pieter Omtzigt adjusted Jinek that the Dutch parliament should focus more on the Dutch constitution. Perhaps one of his most important statements.

R. van Dijk, Veenendaal

Unvaccinated: justified irritation among hospital staff
At the Isala hospital in Zwolle, people have been called that their planned operations had to be postponed due to a growing number of admissions of people who for whatever reason have not been vaccinated. Those who would not have surgery for nothing should just wait at home until the wave of infections subsides. Waiting with pain in their bodies, waiting until it’s too late to be helped? I read that this is causing irritation among hospital staff. Rightly so. Minister De Jong, will you say anything about this?

Niek Stevens, Beekbergen

Prisoners: your freedom is my disease
Colin Powell, fully vaccinated, is in the United States at age 84
died in hospital after complications from a corona infection. (AD 19-10). I am 82 and also fully vaccinated. I would therefore like to say to those who refuse to be vaccinated without a medical reason: your freedom not to vaccinate is my disease. And that means corona with possible complications. You can keep infecting me. Do you also need a ticket for the train?

paul Schneider, Soest

Trial in Tilburg: Everything that solves a housing shortage is welcome
In Tilburg you can live together on a probationary basis without jeopardizing your benefits (AD 19-10). A general pardon for anyone on old age or other benefits will lead to more housing becoming available for those who have been waiting for a home for years. Any measure that helps should now be implemented as soon as possible, especially if it costs next to nothing.

Jan Lemain, The Hague

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Next year we can already donate less on paper
In the article ‘Donating on paper’ (AD 20-10), both the example and the article assume a tax-free donation of 6604 euros. This ‘increased’ donation only applies for this year. From next year, the normal exemption will apply again and it will be 1000 euros lower.

M. Singeling

Metaverse Facebook: No one wants to walk around with diving goggles on
Facebook wants to connect virtually and physically (AD 20-10). I suspect the next James Bond movie will be about one Mark Zuckerberg. An enemy of normal humans. That person does not want to walk around in virtual reality with diving goggles. I hope James Bond makes sure the movie ends well for humanity.

F. Visser, Dordrecht

Enough options to solve a housing shortage
I agree with economic geographer Ton van Rietbergen (Opinion 19-10) that building must be done to solve the housing problem, but the demand side must also be considered. For politicians, I have a few suggestions to investigate: By abolishing front door share discounts, earning children can live longer at home or take their parents in.
By abolishing tax partnership based on home address and reserving it to married couples and partners with a cohabitation agreement, you can also take people in more easily.
By equating the state pensions of married and unmarried people, elderly people who want to live together do not have to maintain a home in order to maintain their unmarried AOW. Furthermore, research rental supplementation for elderly people who are going to live smaller, release a rental home and have to pay more rent, so that they do not deteriorate but improve.
A (temporary) house split can also help, for example by turning a house with two floors into two residential units, and then also provide a subsidy for the renovation costs. And finally: bring the construction and renovation costs under the low VAT rate so that expanding a house becomes a bit cheaper. In short, sharing a home should be rewarded instead of punished. All this costs a lot of money, but if the politicians want something, there is always money to be found.

Bart Jurgens, Amerongen

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