Dear Sir, My wife and I have recently returned from a four week stay in Majorca, residing in a Hotel in Palma Nova.
Our first encounter was being asked to pay 28 Euros each before being allowed to settle in the hotel. (56 Euros) We have no objection in paying 1 euro a day tax but as pensioners we feel that staying long term in a hotel in Majorca is expensive. Wouldn't it be more fair if the Government could introduce say a sliding scale on the tax charged after a two week stay. Our other complaint is the amount of Time–Share 'touts' on the streets of Palma Nova. These people pester you day in and day out they are an absolute menace seven days a week. Apart from all that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Majorca and we shall be back again next year.
John & Brenda Gregory
Maidstone Kent
Taxi blues
Dear Sir, DUE to a fall I was unable to drive my car to the airport to see my visitor off and meet my son. I took a taxi from Son Caliu at the advertised rate of 22.50 euros. On my return I offered 25 euros and the taxi driver pointed to his meter which said 37.95 euros which I was obliged to pay. I was under the impression that meters were not used outside Palma. Have things changed? After thirty years of coming to the island with many happy memories we are now on our last visit and say goodbye.
Jill Edwards
Son Caliu
Legality of war
Dear Sir, The untoward attack upon Mr. Ray Fleming made today (yesterday letters, legality of war) is justified by the broad statement that Bush, Blair and Aznar have better information so that they should be trusted. But is that true? Just today the New Yorker Magazine published an article by Seymour Hersch, a noted investigative journalist on the Iraq–Niger uranium purchase forgeries. It seems that MI6 may have passed them on to the CIA. They became an important part of both Blair's and Bush's justification for the war. When forwarded to the UN it took Blix and ElBaradei only a couple of hours to prove them fraudulent. Knowledge based on forgery is useless. Knowledge based on forgery is dangerous. A free people do not have to admire the emperor's new clothes when the fool is in the buff. Ray Fleming is right to be skeptical. Perhaps his critic simply enjoys watching silly emperors parading about nude.
Ralph McGaughey
Boston, MA
A happy ending
Dear Sir, Further to my letter in January regarding an abandoned dog which I had taken to the Sociedad Protectora, but which they had not accepted, I'm very pleased to be able to inform you that I subsequently took the dog to the Centro Canino where, despite the problems they have at present, they accepted him. I rang them a few days ago, and was very happy to learn that they have found him a good home, and that his new owners are delighted with him. So, a happy ending! Glynnis Rowley

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