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Letters to the editor: August 31, 2022
The 9 euro ticket is like a free beer?
30th of August: “9 euro ticket: what the Senate is planning. Hamburg demands a successor – but financing uncertain “
Yes, we also had a 9 euro ticket, otherwise we would have had to have a 9am ticket (!) For our trips to Hamburg at least twice a month. Of course you like to take something like that with you. But the fact that the 9 euro ticket was very well received is obvious. Anything else would be very strange. You might as well vote for who has the free beer. Because it differs only to a very limited extent.
To Neumann, Bendestorf
Does HVV never learn anything?
Is HVV learning nothing from the success of the € 9 ticket? It was the ease of use that made people board the trains. Currently, there are many variants on the market with different limitations. Different validity on certain days, only at certain times, on different routes … This is how people return to the car.
Oliver Bischoff, Hamburg-St. George
Think customer friendly!
A staggering 23 percent savings on the 5-day ticket – that’s the HVV announcement for the € 9 ticket supplement campaign. But this only applies to AB rings. I need three rings from Tornesch. They will cost 47 euros in the future, and today I can get five single day tickets (from 9:00 am, note) for 53.50 euros. As savings halved to just over 12%. Great plan! At least one “trip” should be free with a 5-ticket. Think customer friendly!
Manfred Christen, Tornesch
The grass no longer grows
29th of August: “How red-green delays climate protection”
Not only is there a lack of wind and solar systems, the city is also ignoring other climate goals. The Association of German Cities, of which Hamburg is also a member, calls for no new office buildings to be built. What is the city of Hamburg doing? He cuts tall street trees, hedges and bushes at the HafenCity opposite the Katharinenschule and continues sealing the ground. Why? Construction of a 100-meter-long, completely oversized six-storey office building for the city’s private planning office HafenCity GmbH. And during the construction phase, which lasts several years, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, as well as residents, pupils and children in the kindergarten will be plagued by significant traffic disruptions and unbearable noise. After that, Am Dalmannkai Street remains in the shade all year round. The grass won’t grow there anymore. There can be no reversal or turning point in this Senate.
Some critical remarks
Bearing in mind the energy supply debate, the author advocates a longer use of nuclear power in Germany, even in addition to the statutory phase-out at the end of 2022. From the point of view of the Federal Office, which is responsible for the search for a safe repository of highly radioactive waste accumulated so far, let me give you a few tips. Germany needs a safe underground repository for its highly radioactive nuclear waste (approximately 27,000 cubic meters). Until now, this nuclear waste has been stored in Castor containers in temporary storage facilities (also at various locations in northern Germany) – this temporary state must be made permanently safe. So far, when looking for a repository in Germany – unlike, for example, in Finland – regions have been reluctant to accept it. In Bavaria, the repository’s rejection has even been included in the current coalition agreement. Here, however, a simple question arises: anyone who produces (nuclear) waste must have a way to dispose of it as well – otherwise this question or task will arise for future generations (who have never benefited from this form of unsustainable energy generation). ). There is a shortage of gas in Germany, but no electricity. Nuclear energy is not conducive to heat supply. The so-called periodic safety reviews for the three remaining German reactors last took place in 2009 and should have taken place again in 2019 – this has been suspended until the end of 2022. The importance of safety in high-risk technology such as nuclear energy can be understood looking at France at the moment – the power plants had to be disconnected from the grid due to safety deficiencies – therefore Germany is now supplying France with additional electricity. The Federal Constitutional Court has expressly ruled that the use of nuclear energy is only legally permissible when so-called damage prevention is applied, i.e. safety requirements always correspond to the state of science and technology and thus guarantee the protection of the fundamental right to life and physical integrity. Whether other German reactors currently meet this requirement should be verified with certainty.
Christoph Hamann, Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BASE), Berlin
German electricity exports
One can agree with Mr Iken’s conclusion that the last German nuclear power plants should operate longer this winter. However, the claim that Germany does not show solidarity with its European partners in the electricity market is simply wrong. In the first half of 2022, Germany was the second largest exporter of electricity in the EU after Sweden, with over 15 billion kilowatt hours. This was due not least to the sharp increase in the amount of electricity from renewable sources (plus 14 percent compared to the same period in 2021, according to the Federal Environment Agency). Finally, France has benefited from this and is now receiving an award for its unsuccessful energy policy, one-sidedly geared towards nuclear energy.
Under the waist
27/28. August: “Between Hamburg and Berlin. Email exchange – today via Cum-Ex “
I don’t understand the logic of Mr. Schwennicke. Although he admits that none of the more than 50 witnesses claim to have noticed any political influence and that there is no other evidence either, he asks who, apart from Scholz and Tschentscher, “reportedly extended the number”. Since, according to his logic, there is no other option, he considers Scholz and Tschentscher doomed. Very good! It probably never occurred to him that tax officials could make decisions without any political influence. This may be obvious to an editor-in-chief living in Berlin, but for Hanseatic citizens his “logic” is simply absurd and unjustified affront to Hamburg officials. Like his statement about Scholz’s “situational dementia”. Could it go even further below the waist line? If Mr.Schwennicke really looked at the criteria for reactivating the contents of memory after a few years, he would know that there is no reasonable doubt as to the absence of detailed memories of Scholz from the 2016 meetings. The meetings concerned, inter alia, topics in which Scholz, according to Oleariusz’s diary entries, did not make any substantive statements and did not want to. Therefore, there are no criteria for the necessary “depth of processing” or emotional closeness, which would determine later memory.
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Updated on: Wednesday 8/31/2022 00:02
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