Letters to the editor

No Billag and a fight for survival. The Swiss media industry is undergoing a stress test

The assumption that competition and the market economy are always the best solution is a falsehood. Competition and the market economy always and everywhere favour the financially powerful, so we end up with the likes of Christoph Blocher and Silvio Berlusconi.

Klemens Graf, Germany

The “Davos” sledge – a Swiss classic. A visit to a sledge-maker

I’m 82 years old now but I sat on a “Davos” sledge for the first time at the age of two. It was the number 1 sledge!

Erwin F. Siegler, Switzerland

Switzerland’s digital transformation. The objectives of e-government

The problem is receiving voting documents by post a week after the referendum date, which is what happened to some Swiss friends and me for the referendum held on 24 September 2017. I sent an email to Switzerland requesting that the voter identification card be sent to me electronically so that I could cast my vote in time. I received a reply saying that this was not possible for legal reasons. I don’t know whether the blame lies with the Swiss authorities or the Thai postal service.

Karl Wicki, Thailand


Experience shows that ordinary mail is becoming slower and slower. People living in South Africa can tell a similar tale of voting documents failing to arrive on time. Switzerland is lagging behind by 20 years! I personally have de-registered with my communal authority for elections and referendums. I would rather give up my rights than get annoyed four times a year.

Hans Beat Schweizer, South Africa

Comments (3)
  • Courvoisier JP
    Courvoisier JP at 26.03.2018
    LE SCANDAL DU RETOUR DES SUISSES DE L'ÉTRANGER. Le retraité qui décide de s'exiler dans un pays exotique n'aura pratiquement aucune chance de rentrer au pays, si son expérience tourne au vinaigre. Pour rentrer, surtout sur Genève, il vous faudra compter sur des amis bienveillant, ou la famille, pour vous héberger. Dans le cas contraire, il sera impossible de s'enregistrer au service de la population. Ne comptez pas sur les services sociaux, vous pourriez dormir à la rue, ils ne vous aideront pas. Merci la Suisse.
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    • Catherine
      Catherine at 30.03.2018
      Eh oui, c’est une dure réalité. Déjà que nous sommes consisérés trop vieux à 50 ans pour l’embauche et/ou trop chers. Dire qu’il y en a qui veulent reculer l’âge de la retraite en Suisse.. Ces gens-là ni nous favoriseront à l’embauche pour autant, ni augmenteront notre rente vieillesse. Il ne fait pas se leurrer.
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  • Walter Mathis
    Walter Mathis at 06.04.2018
    AHV Lebensnachweis! Neun Jahre lebe ich in Brasilien an derselben Postadresse und mit derselben Email Adresse. Kontakte mit der Pensionskaße, Bank und dem Consulat funktioniert alles einwandfrei. Keine Probleme. Jedoch hapert es mit der AHV im Jahr 2017 und 2018. Erst nach mehrmaligen nachfragen (2 Email und und eingeschriebenem Brief) erhielt ich eine Antwort mit klaren Termin Vorgaben, die gefälligst einzuhalten sind.
    Bin ich ein "Einzelfall" ?
    Würde mich interessieren.
    Grüße an a?le Leser
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