Our thoughts for your Mailbag
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.
Robert G. Taylor
Might be back twice this year
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
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.
Walter and Hildegard Ehrenfeld
Please keep us informed
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.
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.
Telephone company cut the line a day early
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.