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Sir, - Since the days of hyperinflation I have kept a near-daily record of our personal electricity consumption - which is why I can challenge the Manufacturers Association to start producing facts to back its statement that "Summer clock saved economy NIS 70m." (September 12). Savings there might have been back when apartments were sold with "wind directions" (kivunei avir). Today with more and more families having air-conditioners, how can NIS 14m. have been saved from the household sector alone?
With such tremendous "savings," why is it that on hot days we are told that the Electric Company is at near-maximum production, with hardly any reserves, and may have to arrange for local "brown-outs" or "blackouts"? Since we acquired an air-conditioner, and with global warming, I do not see even a 0.45% reduction in our electricity use. On the contrary: I find our bills very much higher than they used to be, including the number of kilowatts used.
One wonders where they will get the power for the Jerusalem light railway. Can Jerusalemites look forward to more power cuts in order to keep the railway running?
Sir, - I had a strong feeling of "deja vu" on reading "Dutch Israelis wiped off NII database" (September 11). But I should like to assure Dutch-born Israelis that they are not alone in being singled out. At least one Welsh-born Israeli, a citizen for over 20 years, has been the target of a similar attack.
In my case, however, my need for the medication, refused with profuse apologies by my local Maccabi pharmacy, was not dire, and following my visit to the prestigious new National Insurance offices in Netanya, I was reinstated within a matter of days, and with no ill-effects.
I must pay tribute to the staff at the NI offices, who readily admitted their mistake and treated me most efficiently and with the utmost courtesy.
Sir, - I would like to compliment you and all the participants in the Rosh Hashana 5768 edition (September 12). It was outstanding Jewish journalism that touched us all.
HARAN A. FAINSTEIN
Sir, - I appreciate your newspaper. It is my link to Israel and to be informed daily of the news. I congratulate all your staff for their wonderful service, and wish all of you a Shana Tova Umetuka, with good health and wishes for peace.
Sir, - Instead of Israel releasing Palestinian prisoners for Ramadan, why couldn't the Palestinians have released one Israeli prisoner for Rosh Hashana?
Berlyne lives on
Sir, - As a Berlyne addict, may I say that Alex Berlyne's "Taking stock" (September 9) not only contained erudition and haunting words of wisdom, but also proved that love is stronger than the grave. I would be a willing victim of more such proof.