OPINION

Are bar checks really so unfair?

Ms Denning’s letter of Friday, August 13, may represent the view of a bar owner on Lesvos needing summer business but I doubt whether the local Greek people feel her way, or foreigners as us who are here during four seasons of the year and not just one. Her attack on the action of the Greek police is unwarranted. In most EU countries police on duty are armed. The police seldom interfere in businesses like hers unless there are complaints from residents or there is violence. There is no sympathy from us for Ms Tzigounaki, who would seem to be Greek, and therefore knows that when she is breaking the law, arrest will follow. It seems that she received what she asked for. Ms Denning, you should support the police in doing their duty – one day you may need them. Is one expected to take seriously her comment on the village festival? Such occasions are infrequent and are deep in the cultural and social life of Greece. It is ridiculous to bring comparison with these festivals into a situation of providing bar music late into the night six or seven nights a week right through the summer.  It might be appropriate for her to encourage her patrons to go to a festival when there is one and to try and gain a modicum of feeling for Greece and its people and their traditional music. NORMAN GILBERTSON, DIANE KATSIAFIKA, Rafina, Greece.