Kids need parents' love

The story No, You Can't See Your Mum (Life, Sept 20) was moving and showed how children are used as pawns by parents in divorce cases.

It is heartening to know that there are counselling sessions at the THK Centre for Family Harmony, where divorced parents who do not live with their child can spend time with him while supervised by the centre's counsellors.

However, I am aghast that these sessions cost money. This is on top of the payments that the affected parent made during the divorce proceedings.

For financially strapped parents, this may lead to fewer visits and a breakdown in their relationship with their children. Is there no alternative to this situation?

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I wish all parents would understand that children need their mothers and fathers, even if they are not living together.

Aisha Mohamed


It is strange that adults care more for the physical well-being of their children - such as rushing them to the hospital when they have a persistent fever - but think nothing of the emotional havoc they could inflict on them in a divorce. Emotional scars are hard to heal.

It is cruel to a child to pit one parent against the other. 

Forcing a child to take sides, whatever the justification, is inhumane. 

Lee Teck Chuan


Hazards of the sharing economy

I refer to the report on the sharing economy (For Rent, Life, Sept 20).

Its cheerleaders continue to hype up the benefits of sharing everything without giving due consideration to the ramifications of these exchanges in different contexts.

Take the short-term rental of accommodation, for example.

Curiously, the authorities seem to condone the growing peddling of vacant whole apartments for daily rental on websites such as Airbnb. The many hazards of these activities, ranging from the basic intrusion of privacy to potential security risks, are real.

They amount to no more than blatant rent-seeking, which blurs the line between residential and commercial properties .

Toh Cheng Seong


Bring back anthology series on local TV

I wish film-maker Anthony Chen every success for his latest movie Distance and have no doubt this anthology film will do Singapore proud.

Fresh from the critical reception of another anthology movie,

7 Letters, I hope this can spur a revival of anthology series on local television.

Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) stories and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1957-1960) are classic anthology series which offer valuable lessons on how much plot and entertainment could be packed creatively into a 30-minute slot. Given a chance on television, this genre could provide a platform for budding writers and directors to showcase their film-making talents.

Ooi Mun Kong


Chestnuts 50 cuts unreasonable

I refer to the review Tasty But Truncated (Life, Sept 21).

I wonder how Singapore can claim to be a First World country when its arts scene is so Third World.

This was reflected in the Media Development Authority's censorship of a huge segment of the Chestnuts 50 show on Amos Yee. The reason given for the censorship does not hold water because another segment referencing an ongoing court case was passed.

Felix Heng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2015, with the headline 'Chestnuts 50 cuts unreasonable Bring back anthology series on local TV Hazards of the sharing economy Kids need parents' love'. Print Edition | Subscribe