Letters to the editor

Fiscal justice?

When I saw that Schumacher was paying less tax than me, I left. I don’t see why I should have to put in 60 hours of work a week, sometimes more, plus the army (yes, the army) and not start earning my living until August (the first seven months of the year going on tax) so that the wealthy can benefit almost scot-free. I now pay my taxes in California with the added bonus of the sunshine.

FABIEN HUG, USA

Watchmaking internships

I was absolutely delighted to see an article about watchmaking in Switzerland. I was an employee of Piaget in the 1970s and now live in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I provide the official after-sales service for Maurice Lacroix, Louis Erard, Louis Chevrolet, Revue Thommen, Grovana, Charmex, Pilo Genève, David Van Heim and Ernest Borel. We have also set up an internship programme for Swiss watchmaking apprentices who have completed the 3rd or 4th year of their apprenticeship in the industry. We currently have six interns with us. This is an outstanding opportunity for them to leave Switzerland and practise their profession, study new calibres, learn English and learn how an after-sales service works.

SAMUEL GRANDJEAN, by EMAIL

Most things I learned in Switzerland

I am grateful for this detailed history of one of the industries Switzerland is most famed for, and I am very impressed with its tenacity to survive. It does not come as a surprise to me. I had the privilege myself to work in Switzerland (although in the heavy engineering industry) and have no qualms to state that most of the things that I have ever learned in my profession, I learned in Switzerland. Good on you!

EDWARD WECHNER, by EMAIL

Nation of sailors

In your article on Switzerland as a nation of sailors, you could perhaps have mentioned the fact that Switzerland has (or had?) a merchant navy on the high seas. It was established to ensure the supply of provisions to Switzerland during the 1939–1945 war. Using the port of Genoa and based in Basel, it carried out its mission to perfection and continued to exist after 1945. In 1974, I photographed the cargo ship “Zinal” (?) in the port of Lagos, as can be seen on my website of old photographs. I was even invited to dine there one evening with the Swiss consul. I believe this merchant fleet still existed until at least 10 years ago.

LUC SAUGY, BEZIERS, FRANCE

Comments (4)
  1. Fred Suban Fred Suban at 17.12.2014
    zum Artikel Seefahrernation
    Die Schweizer Hochseeflotte umfasst zurzeit 44 Handelsschiffe. Der 1. Heimathafen war Lossabon, nicht Genua, inzwischen wurde Basel als Heimathafen anerkannt (obwohl nicht direkt am Meer liegend. Falls sie mehr darüber wissen möchten, klicken Sie mal auf www.swiss-ship.ch, dort erfahren Sie alles über die Schweizer Hochseefahrt.
  2. Fred Suban Fred Suban at 17.12.2014
    zum Artikel Seefahrernation
    Die Schweizer Hochseeflotte umfasst zurzeit 44 Handelsschiffe. Der 1. Heimathafen war Lissabon, nicht Genua, inzwischen wurde Basel als Heimathafen anerkannt (obwohl nicht direkt am Meer liegend. Falls sie mehr darüber wissen möchten, klicken Sie mal auf www.swiss-ship.ch, dort erfahren Sie alles über die Schweizer Hochseefahrt.
  3. eliana serna eliana serna at 06.01.2015
    No soy suiza pero conosco su gente y su pais y pais es lo mejor q yo he conocido y poreso si me voy un dia a panama tratare de unirme al club si ellos lo permiten pero me en canta la gente
  4. Rene Wegmann Rene Wegmann at 07.01.2015
    Rene Wegmann , Quebec Canada .
    Ich lebe schon 50 Jahre in Kanada, kenne einige " Suisses Romands " Keiner / keine spricht Deutsch , oft auch nicht englisch . Ich als Deutschsprechender bin dreisprachig. Die welschen glauben heute noch an die glor-reiche Zeit der franzoesischen Sprache , diese Zeit ist schon sehr lange vorbei.
    Englisch als zweite Sprache ist fuer alle Scheizer eine gute und logische wahl.

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