Letter from readers of May 1, 2024

Letter from readers of May 1, 2024
Letter from readers of May 1, 2024

Initiative on health premiums, electric car, PLR and 30 km/h, Trump

24 hours / readers

Published today at 7:36 a.m.


Do people who buy an electric car know that in Congo and Senegal people risk their lives working in mines to sell their loot for 2 or 3 euros a day? That children from the age of 6 have to break stones to find them, rather than being able to go to school? That if young people try to cross fences to go to a site, we do not hesitate to shoot them, even if it means killing them? That it often happens that they don’t have enough to buy food? That the air and water are polluted, and that their crops are dying as a result? That many children are born with malformations (hare lip for example)? That people are being kicked out of their homes so it can be demolished for cobalt?

Nickel is also needed for electric batteries. In Indonesia and New Caledonia, its extraction results in colossal mountains of residue which are most often dumped into the sea! And lithium is extracted in the high plateaus of the Andes in Bolivia, which causes an ecological disaster for the natives who are already suffering from a lack of water!

If this is called sustainable development according to environmentalists, look for the mistake!

Monique Bertholet, Yverdon-les-Bains

Premium relief

When it was tabled, this initiative aimed to limit health insurance premiums to 10% of the disposable income of policyholders, a measure which seems attractive on paper, but whose proposed method is inadequate.

The Federal Council and parliament recognize the challenges posed by health costs in Switzerland. However, their divergence lies in the way of approaching this problem. While we do not deny the urgency of finding solutions to make health insurance more affordable, the premium relief initiative is not the appropriate response.

Indeed, according to estimates, the application of this initiative would generate an additional annual cost of several billion francs for public finances, since the surplus will be borne by the cantons, and therefore by us… This financial burden, considered exorbitant, raises concerns about its long-term sustainability, especially in an economic context already marked by budgetary challenges.

Furthermore, this initiative does not address the roots of the health cost problem in Switzerland. By focusing solely on limiting premiums without addressing the real causes of rising costs, it risks failing to resolve the structural problems of the Swiss healthcare system.

Thus, rather than supporting the premium reduction initiative, it appears that a more nuanced and balanced approach is necessary, namely sustainable and effective solutions to the challenges encountered by the Swiss health system.

In short, although the idea of ​​reducing health insurance premiums is laudable, the method proposed by the current initiative is only a way of announcing the advantages while hiding the disadvantages.

Claude Reymond, Le Brassus

30 km/h

Concerns the article “The Vaudois PLR wants a moratorium on 30 km/h» (“24 hours” of April 2).

The PLR ​​wants the Canton to impose on municipalities a moratorium on the introduction of new 30 km/h zones in localities. To do this, it relies on a motion certainly accepted by the Federal Chambers, but by far not yet implemented. What does it matter! It is a question of taking advantage of the federal breach without delay to call into question the measures to combat noise pollution from road traffic which affect the health and well-being of residents, in particular those of Lausanne. We have seen a sharper party, defender of municipal autonomy and guarantor of a respectful dialogue between the municipalities and the Canton, a dialogue which the president of the government, Christelle Luisier Brodard, has also made one of the markers of her legislature .

These fine intentions unfortunately do not resist the desire of the PLR ​​to take revenge on the Lausanne mobility policy, hated by the right. Because the PLR ​​likes cars, as Emmanuel Macron would say. In Lausanne, the party has never stopped railing against the pedestrianization of the city center and the obstacles placed on automobile traffic.

If the idea of ​​the PLR, carried by the deputy Alexandre Berthoud, is accepted by the plenum of the Grand Council and sent back to the government, it will be interesting to see the response from the Château. Will the Vaudoise Alliance, the majority in the Council of State, sit back on its fine speeches in favor of municipal autonomy or will it take a little height, knowing that better sleep for residents who are close roads is also a matter of public health?

A little anecdote to conclude: in Sion, a similar policy of quieting the streets at night was put in place, with even longer hours than in Lausanne, without this arousing as much resistance.

Michel Pont, Chesaux-sur-Lausanne


If former Republican President Donald Trump loses the November 5 presidential election against outgoing Democratic President Joe Biden, he will most likely call his supporters to insurrection, claiming that he was once again stolen the election (l The insurrection of January 6, 2021 could be a joke compared to that to come). For what?

If Trump loses against his opponent and does not try anything against him, he will eventually go to prison (he will not emerge unscathed from the numerous charges against him and the charges that weigh or will weigh against him). If he goes to prison, his reputation will suffer in the Republican Party and he will not be able to run for a third time in 2028, at… 82 years old.

If Trump loses, tries to take power by force, but fails to do so, he will go to prison, but become famous (that’s all he thinks about, fame). If he loses and takes power by force, he will have the legal proceedings against him overturned, perhaps die in the Oval Office and become famous.

Trump’s choice is clear. If he wants to avoid prison, he must become president at all costs, legally or illegally. Certainly, if he is elected according to the rules, he will hardly be able to wipe the entire judicial slate clean, but there is no doubt that he will have the full support of the six conservative judges of the Supreme Court of the United States to find accommodations.

Sylvio Le Blanc, Montreal

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