Letters to the editor

The CO2 vacuum cleaner pioneers from Zurich-Oerlikon

Interesting! All industrial processes generate waste heat, so in industry the filter-regeneration phase comes for free. The problem arises when with best intentions industry tries to dispose of the resulting pure CO2 gas (which will have to be compressed for delivery – another energy-consuming process). Makers of carbonated drinks are indeed possible customers, but in their place I would want to be the driver of the project, and this turns around the marketing process logic. The other applications appear to be years in the future.

Eric Winkler, Great Britain

I also think that we humans should try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. This is why I support all measures to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere. The best proven method is “terrestrial carbon dioxide removal” through reforestation. New forests absorb vast amounts of CO2. However, it is now clear that there is little interest in this effective and inexpensive alternative, simply because it is not a moneymaker. I am certain that the motives behind all this CO2-related hysteria are mainly economic. Instead of planting a few trees, businesses like the one in the article prefer to make huge amounts of money developing gigantic and environmentally harmful CO2 vacuum cleaners.

Reto Derungs, Dominican Republic

Drought in “Europe’s water reservoir”

My suggestion to solve the problem and many other climate-related issues: fewer cows. Of course, this not only applies to Switzerland but even more to the European Union. Why not give some of our countryside back to Mother Nature?

Hans M. Hilber, Leinfelden, Germany

Julien Wanders: an African running style

Thank you for your wonderful article on this budding athlete, who is as young as he is promising. Above all, he seems highly motivated in his lifestyle choices, which entail immense sacrifices. We are all rooting for him, hoping he will succeed and reach the top!

Philippe Derolland, France

The legitimate banknote and the famous counterfeiter

Muy bien hecho Valaisans! This is just the safety net that “small fish” need to protect themselves from the excesses of that monstrosity called globalisation – both today and in the future. In my opinion, David Crettenand and his friends should be awarded the Nobel Prize for Antiglobalisation.

Walter Lieber, Colombia

The forerunner of the Swiss Economic Circle (WIR) originated in the Austrian state of Tyrol, where, based on Silvio Gesell’s Freigeld theory, the municipality of Wörgl issued “stamp scrip” – a local currency designed to be circulated and not hoarded. They used one-, five- and ten-schilling banknotes that lost one per cent of their value each month, hence these banknotes were spent much quicker. One of the secrets of “money” is the speed at which it circulates. Stamp scrip helped to increase the speed of circulation, and this led to widespread prosperity. Many businesses and residents took part in the scheme, not least because they were able to use the new currency to pay their municipal taxes. Valais must therefore be doing something right.

Alfred Schmitter, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Vacant churches: rent, sell, demolish?

As a practising Christian, the letter to the editor from Christopher Egli (USA), published in the January edition of Swiss Review really hurt and shocked me. Mr Egli wrote that he was happy to see the number of religious people in Switzerland declining and wished that this was the case everywhere. I vehemently object to his statement and find it degrading. The reality is different in my experience. For example, life in our parish near Hamburg is built on faith, tolerance and forgiveness. Is Mr Egli advocating that we all become atheists or that we start following some sort of substitute religion? If he is, then he is forgetting the other side of the coin, the sad fact of the ongoing persecution of Christians in countries like Iran, China, Pakistan and North Korea, where Christians not only end up in prison but sometimes also end up dead.

Hans Jürgen Siegenthaler, Itzsedt, Germany

Comments (3)
  • Raphaela Pelinka, Wien
    Raphaela Pelinka, Wien at 18.04.2019
    Dem Leserbrief von Hans Jürgen Siegenthaler (Deutschland), in dem er dem in der Januar-Ausgabe der „Schweizer Revue“ veröffentlichten Leserbrief von Christopher Egli (USA) widerspricht, möchte ich mich anschließen. Christopher Egli schrieb, er freue sich, dass die Anzahl religiöser Menschen in der Schweiz abnehme und wünsche sich, dass dies überall so wäre. Ich glaube aber, dass die Tatsache, dass in Europa immer mehr Kirchen leerstehen, kein Grund zu Freude ist, sondern zur Besorgnis Anlass gibt. Meiner Meinung nach hat die Schweiz vor allem ihrer christlichen Vergangenheit viel zu verdanken. An dieser Stelle möchte ich den heiligen Nikolaus von Flüe erwähnen, der unserem Vaterland zahlreiche Gnaden erwirkt hat. In meinem vor kurzem veröffentlichten Gedichtbüchlein habe ich dem heiligen Bruder Klaus zu Ehren ein eigenes Gebetsgedicht geschrieben, mit dem ich den Leser u. a. an das „Wunder von Waldenburg“ erinnern will. Ich bete, dass unser Land zum Glauben zurückfinden möge und sich die Kirchen wieder füllen!
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  • Regula Fischli-Tarnutzer, 9292 Milton, New Zealand
    Regula Fischli-Tarnutzer, 9292 Milton, New Zealand at 28.04.2019
    Der Kommentar von Herrn Hans Juergen Siegenthaler hat mich sehr aufgeregt.

    Solche Aussagen sind eben das ganze Problem, wenn man ein bisschen das Weltgeschehen beobachtet, sieht man wo die Probleme liegen.

    Das groesste Elend bringen die verschiedenen Religionen die einander nicht akzeptieren.

    Wir leben seit vielen Jahren in New Zealand und unsere Tuere ist fuer Alle offen, Moslem, Christen und so weiter. Darunter sind sehr, sehr wenige Menschen die wir kein zweites Mal bei uns haben moechten.

    In diesem Sinne besser keine Religion anstatt eine die nur Kopfweh bringt.
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  • Perrone merryl, France, Haute-Savoie
    Perrone merryl, France, Haute-Savoie at 05.06.2019
    J’aimerai mettre un message à l’attention de tous les suisses.....?

    Chers compatriotes,

    Je voudrais vous mettre en garde si vous avez l’intention De revenir en Suisse vous ne serez pas toujours les bienvenus, j’explique:

    Mon mari et moi-même avons habité durant 40 ans à Genève,puis nous sommes partis dans le sud de la France pour mes problèmes de santé. Ayant avancé dans l’âge nous avons émis le souhait de revenir dans notre ville pour nous rapprocher de nos enfants. Or, nous avons pu constater que ce n'était Pas simple!

    Pour obtenir un logement à Genève il faut précédemment habiter durant 2ans de manière continue dans les 5 années précédentes, donc comment s’installer Dans cette ville si en arrivant on ne vous donne pas de logement !!! On va dormir sous les ponts? C’est le serpent qui se mord la queue ! Déjà les loyers sont excessifs et en plus on nous les refuse ....

    Cette réglementation Est vraiment stupide et incohérente, c’est scandaleux pour les suisses qui veulent revenir dans leur patrie, c’est carrément de la discrimination pure et simple.

    Il faudrait peut-être se naturaliser polonais ou turc pour pouvoir bénéficier d’un logement car pour eux il n’y a pas de problème ......

    Donc, comme beaucoup d’autres suisses nous allons rester dans le pays où nous sommes actuellement qui nous offres déjà beaucoup d’avantages même si ka vue n’est pas toujours d’aile car la France c’est un peu la pagaille...... .

    Cordiales salutations à tous
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