Letter 1: Shortages damage confidence

In the run-up to the new penance system, Anne van Dijk believes that cuts should not be made on the basis of disappearing calculation rules. The government has tightened up the actuarial interest rules for pensions. The stricter rules lead to lower funding levels. The calculation rules will be abolished in the new pension system … Read more

Healthy products are priceless

It is indeed too crazy for words that suppliers charge more for a litre of milk than for a litre of Coke. While the dairy farmer is not properly paid for it, according to C. Schippers. This also applies to fruit and vegetables, the producers of which barely receive enough to make a living. Then … Read more

‘Lipedema misunderstood’

After reading the interview with Leonie van der Kruk about her disease lipedema resulting in extreme obesity (VROUW, 12/9), A.M. Nerfs- Lampe was shocked by the attitude of the insurance company. Reading the interview with Leonie van der Kruk about her disease lipedema causing her to be extremely overweight (VROUW, 12/9), I do not know … Read more

Discouraged shopping in the city centre

We read in the Telegraaf on Friday, ‘Enormous degradation threatens due to rapid growth of vacant city centres‘. The blame is put on covid-19 and the competition from online shops. But is that right, Simon Jalbert wonders. Local authorities have not exactly implemented a policy that promotes shopping in the city centre. Local authorities have … Read more

Pensionados are turning up for crisis

After 10 years without indexation, according to P.F. Oosterhuis, half of all pensioners are waiting for a decrease in purchasing power of possibly even 4% in 2021 (2% inflation and a probable pension discount of 2%). A pension discount is also imminent for 2022. Of course not much can be said about inflation in that … Read more

Result Thesis: Reduced burden necessary

The 0.8% increase in purchasing power announced is totally unrealistic, most participants argue. This is offset by the increase in municipal taxes, health care premiums and job losses Although the trade unions and employers reacted reasonably positively to the announcements for investments and purchasing power improvements in the speech from the throne, the participants are … Read more

Mandatory neutralisation of cats

There are voices calling for domestic cats to be kept inside or lined up outside to protect birds and reptiles. Yvonne Wulffers-Stroomer argues that this is a solution that completely contradicts the natural behaviour of the cat and therefore causes a lot of cat suffering. Do we now have to choose between bird and cat? … Read more

Asylum seekers get to work immediately

The Dutch government shoots into a cramp after the Lesbos tragedy. Rightly so, because bringing refugees to the Netherlands now has an enormous pulling effect, Rob de Jonge knows. The Dutch Left does not understand this, but this group is generally also very naive. Of course, it is still humiliating to see families with small … Read more

The Netherlands must leave the currency union

There are regular reports of the economic damage caused to the United Kingdom by Brexit. Hardly anything about the damage caused to other members of the EUs internal market, says Ton Halderit. A kongsi of over-optimistic Europhiles thought they had arguments in favour of a political union based on an ideology that should lead to … Read more

Animal welfare comes first

Huyb Doyer believes that in the discussion about whether or not to leash cats, I miss the issue of animal welfare. Before you buy an animal, the first question should be: Can I offer this animal the living environment that belongs to it and to which it is entitled? So not 1 goldfish in a … Read more

Citizen is going backwards

The governments prematurely drained budget assumes a light net disposable income for all. A completely misplaced assertion, K. Laheye thinks. Wage, AOW, various benefits and allowances may increase slightly, but charges such as care allowance, taxes and excise duties cancel it all out. At the bottom of the line, practically every citizen is losing out. … Read more

Need for youth frisk searches

A ban on selling knives to young people under the age of 16. Jan Muijs knows that the Action has started and will be followed by other shops and companies. In itself, of course, this is a good initiative, but it actually puts the cart before the horse again. In this way, a 16-year-old teenager … Read more

Result Statement: A pet belongs indoors

Cats have to stay on a leash or inside, finds almost two thirds of the participants in the scaffolding. Not only because cats catch (protected) birds, but above all because they do their needs everywhere, preferably in the garden of others. Most respondents agree with the view of ecologist Chris Smit and lawyer Arie Trouwborst, … Read more

Credibility flaw in CDA

What a relief to see Mr Wopke Hoekstra on TV, a positive aura and knowledge of things that others within the CDA can only dream of, Auke Poutsma thinks. In my opinion, Mr. Hoekstra is the only politician who could defeat Mark Rutte in 2021. He looks reliable and honest and looks after our money. … Read more

Put pressure on Morocco

What is most striking about the austerity of the asylum reception of State Secretary Broekers-Knol is the fact that the initiative still lies with the unemployed asylum seeker, says Jan Pronk. Through the austerity, the State Secretary wants to prevent the arrival of new cases and discourage a longer stay of these asylum seekers. But … Read more

Result Thesis: A pet belongs indoors

Cats have to stay on a leash or inside, finds almost two thirds of the participants in the scaffolding. Not only because cats catch (protected) birds, but above all because they do their needs everywhere, preferably in the garden of others. Most respondents agree with the view of ecologist Chris Smit and lawyer Arie Trouwborst, … Read more

Result Thesis: ‘Too many jobs at stake’

The vast majority of the proposers do not consider it a smart move by Greenpeace to take the cabinet to court over state aid to KLM. “It is too crazy to risk thousands of jobs The environmental organisation wants to enforce stricter climate agreements in the aid package for the airline via the courts. Most … Read more

Looneis FNV unrealistic

We have been in a deep crisis for six months now, the end of which is still a long way off. Jan Muijs believes that the FNVs high wage demand of 5% is unrealistic. Companies are toppling over with shrubbery and many are still able to keep their heads above water due to wage restraint … Read more

‘Hate mails for Minister very much’

Minister Hugo de Jonge was at Jineks on Monday evening, partly to talk about the hate mails he receives. Linda Vermeulen wonders what the senders are doing? The content of the maitjes did not lie. The young man was compared to Hitler and words such as mass murderer popped up. And then these are the … Read more