Landline phones that worked during Storm Eunice power outages will no longer work in the future

SIR – Support for the constitutional monarchy in our Commonwealth Caribbean region goes beyond high regard and affection for the Queen.

It is the political stability of our parliamentary government and our impartial judiciary that has created a democratic basis.

This has attracted the necessary investments and made the countries safe places to live and do business. This is our heritage from the UK.

We are tired of British journalists, who know little of our history, telling us that republics are inevitable and asking those here, who are mostly from the academic and talkative classes, how we should progress. The Commonwealth is already full of bankrupt Third World republics – why should we join them?

Barbados’ hasty decision to become a republic was made without public participation and without a referendum. The other nations here must hold referendums on the abolition of the monarchy. There is no guarantee that such a vote will be successful. Why should we abandon a well-functioning system of government?

We will welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as our own and look forward to many future visits from our Royal Family.

Thomas A Wardle
Nassau, Bahamas

Close universities

SIR – If the measure of a degree’s “value” is whether it gets you a well-paying job (Letters, Feb. 18), we’d better close the universities and save a lot of money at the nation.

Cynthia Harrod Eagles
Northwood, Middlesex

Coffee machine to last

SIR – The process of making a good cup of coffee doesn’t have to be too bad for the environment (Letters, February 16).

In 2008, I bought a coffee machine and a grinder. They each carried a hefty price tag, but are constructed mostly of metal, weigh a ton, and still stand strong today.

I buy fresh coffee beans in kilo bags, I don’t use filter paper or individual coffee pods, and my coffee grounds are sprinkled on the garden soil as fertilizer.

I like to prepare and drink one or two delicious caffè lattes every day. Practicing latte art adds a bit of fun to the experience.

However, for me, as old-fashioned as it is now, I’m afraid that only whole cow’s milk will do.

Nick Jones

Tall trees

SIR – “Peaceful Giants” is a splendid description of the wondrous redwoods (Report, February 17). I planted over 100 in the 1980s here in Perthshire.

They are already beautiful and have many qualities. Above all, they can withstand the fiercest windstorms, unlike the vast expanses of commercial forestry.

David Gemmel
Murthly, Perthshire

SIR – We planted a giant sequoia in our garden 14 years ago. It is now about 20 feet tall and looks like a typical evergreen tree.

Last Christmas we decorated it for the first time but it is already getting difficult to reach the top. I don’t think the neighbors will realize how big he could grow long after we’re gone.

Richard Cook
Norton Lindsey, Warwickshire

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