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Our thoughts for your Mailbag

Might be back twice this year

Please keep us informed

Thanks for helping the Rejoice children

Telephone company cut the line a day early

Our thoughts for your Mailbag

Dear Sir,

I have been reading every single copy of your newspaper so far and my entire family and friends are enjoying reading your interesting news and articles you have offered so far. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

We were somewhat shocked to read a bit selfish letter from a reader published in this weekís paper regarding two of our favourite columns, namely Auto Mania and wines.

We do not think that you should change those at all as we believe they are exceptionally good. Readers may have different opinions and interests but we know that not only our family enjoy these columns but all our friends are also enjoying reading them very much.

Subjects like cars and wines are very technical and the way your paper present these articles are very readable, educational and most importantly very interesting. We have already gathered valuable tips and new learning. We request you not to change them just because someone has different taste and interests. Cars and wines are not made in Chiangmai and it does not mean readers in Chiangmai should not bother reading stories on these subjects which are undoubtedly few of the most hot topics and trends in the present world.

The reader concerned may have not realised that many such columns appeared in many other newspapers in Thailand, written by writers residing in other countries including some of yours which are written by Associated Press Writers. We should be proud to have articles from expert writers residing in Thailand although the residency of the writers does not really matter at all when it comes to such subjects as long as they are informative and interesting. Do not also forget that all these cars and wines are also made in other countries and not in Chiangmai. Not yet! And it does not mean that we should not be interested in those.

Thank you very much for your understanding and keep up the good work. Great cars and good wines are little luxuries of our wonderful lives, no matter where we live.

Yours truly,

Robert G. Taylor


Might be back twice this year

Dear Sirs,

Congratulations! I surfed the Internet and found your newspaper. What a joy to read now news from Chiang Mai and surrounding areas. Normally my wife and I spend 2 months a year in the north (Feb and March) and miss Thailand and its people very much throughout the rest of the year. Finally I can read everything that is going on in the Internet. I enjoyed very much the article about Chiang Mai Mardi Gras and since my wife and me are both music lovers, we are now seriously thinking about coming twice this year.

Next month anyway and also, whenever this Mardi Gras is taking place again. It looked so colorful but we never knew about activities as this.

Please keep up your good work and we are already looking forward to buying the hard copy as soon as we are in Chiang Mai. Maybe we could drop by your office and get one or two of the old issues.

Thank you and have a most prosperous Year 2003.

Sincerely,

Walter and Hildegard Ehrenfeld

Heilbronn, Germany


Please keep us informed

Dear Editor,

I want to make a comment to the letter in Issue No 2 from Jeffrey Donovan. I almost agree with Mr. Donovan and I like it that you opened this forum to express your feelings about the newspaper and that you actually print letters, even if they are not 100% in favor for yourself. I would love to help Mr. Donovan to find a garage that repairs his car at low cost but have to admit that I also search for one. May be through this forum, another reader has a solution and could write to CMM.

Other than that- please keep us informed.

Tom Ritchley


Thanks for helping the Rejoice children

Dear Chiangmai Mail,

On behalf of the Rejoice children and the organizing team, I would like to thank you very much for your help and sponsoring, which you have given for the Children Christmas Party at the Pub.

We have just completed a further donation of medicine for the children which we hope will benefit them in their young lives.

On the day of the party 48 plus children joined the fun and we even had about 30 gifts left to send to those who were too sick already to come themselves. Please express our sincerest thank you and a Happy New Year to the team of Chiangmai Mail and to all contributors who made this afternoon for the HIV children happen.

Sincerely,

Dot Delaney


Telephone company cut the line a day early

Dear Sir,

I would like to bring to light a bad situation, which I found out (now) happens frequently throughout Thailand. I came home last week and my telephone did not work anymore. I found that out after I wanted to connect to the Internet and could not.

By the time this happened it was Friday evening after 5.00 p.m. What do you do? There is nothing to do except wait and check the connection, which wasnít there anymore. I looked for my telephone bill, got angry with my wife because I thought she hadnít paid but after checking, we found that we were up to date.

Saturday morning, what a surprise, we found a telephone bill in our letterbox, which was due on that day to pay but which we hadnít received so far. And the line was cut one day early! It was Saturday 11.30 a.m. at that time. I work from home, I need the telephone and on top of it, one family member back in Italy had an operation and we desperately wanted to get (good) news. But nothing could be done except running 3 times/day to Internet Cafes and checking from there.

The worst thing came on Monday morning when we went to pay the bill and checked why they cut the line. The girl behind the counter was more than snobbish. All Thai politeness was gone; she even went so far to say in my face that Farang mai lu luang (donít know anything). I wanted to complain with her boss because we had to pay extra to get the connection back, but he was sick on that morning. How could we pay the bill in time if we do not get the bill? She did not want to understand our point.

Please is there someone out there who can put a stop to behavior like that? It would save a lot of trouble and anger for all parts. You cannot cut a telephone connection on a Friday if a bill is due on Saturday just because Saturdays nobody wants to work? Or why is this possible in Thailand?

Thank you for your newspaper and that you gave us this mailbag to communicate.

Roberto Magnanini