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LETTERS
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Chiangmai Mail turns 100 today

Thank you for the inspiring Martin Woodtli profile

No beer after midnight?

Likes our columns

Chiangmai Mail turns 100 today

Dear Readers,
Well, we’ve done it! After nearly two years of growing, struggling, writing, changing, reporting events, news, people, and most of all, the North of Thailand, we have blossomed into a fully fledged newspaper that can be taken seriously throughout the North.

The growth has been measured, but like most things worthwhile, has taken time and care and nurturing. We have treated the newspaper like a baby, and it makes the Team very proud to present this, the 100th issue.

We have a small team of dedicated and enthusiastic people who help and support this production. It has been a labor of love, which, with the support of advertisers and subscribers, has managed to provide a news and information resource for all people in the North, both Thai and ex-pats.

We have been delighted to experience your encouragement, either through advertising, subscribing, or responding to our editorial and advertisers, as well as your helpful constructive criticism.

We wholeheartedly encourage you to continue speaking your mind, and telling us your ‘likes’ and the ‘don’t likes’. We are serving the North, which means ‘you’; it is your newspaper, and we are glad that all of you are an integral part of it.
Michael Vogt,
Managing Director


Thank you for the inspiring Martin Woodtli profile

Dear Editor,
Thank you for the inspiring profile on Martin Woodtli. Turning one’s own adversity into opportunity to provide caring service for humanity is the ultimate gift. Individuals like Martin who simply follow their heart’s impulses are a model for all of us to serve others at the highest level, where the need is greatest.

My mother is experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s, so I know how heartbreaking it can be. I also know that it is not too late to infuse such family members with up-liftment and yes, even joyful recollections of the past. In my spare time I have gone to retirement homes, nursing homes, and adult day care centers to entertain. I play them popular tunes from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s on the chromatic harmonica, and do impersonations of normally recognizable celebrities from that era.

Some of them, who don’t even remember their names, will miraculously identify some of the tunes played and impersonations performed. A few share memorable moments in their life connected with the tunes. When I return to visit Chiang Mai in January or February, it would be a delight for me to entertain the folks at Baan Kamlangchay, gratis.

Here’s to you, Martin!
Terry Braverman
Los Angeles, CA


No beer after midnight?

Dear News People,
Some decisions are not thought through! What is going on in Thailand? After the restriction to fill up my car in the evening, after the restriction to go shopping at night when the working day is finally over, after being told to leave bars and discos at the latest by one a.m., I found another quite annoying limitation.

We had guests in the evening and as this was not planned, our refrigerator was not too filled up. But there’s always 7-Eleven around the corner right? That’s what I thought. 7-Eleven being one of the last places where one can shop around the clock. But what a surprise! When I asked for four bottles of beer I was told, as it is already 20 minutes past midnight they can not sell alcohol anymore, only soft drinks?

Thailand had advantages but slowly and surely they are all taken away. And most of them without making too much sense. It might have stopped our group from drinking a bottle of beer that night, but only to turn to harder drinks, namely whisky as we still had a bottle at home. It will not happen again, having no stock at home and telling people to stay home will in many cases not reduce energy but increase the energy levels. People being home use lights, TV, air-conditioners and so on while they would prefer to sit in a garden restaurant. But who are we to decide if a politicians’ mind ticks the right way.
David Palmer


Likes our columns

Dear Editor;
The Chiangmai Mail website is very interesting to read. It does refresh my memories of Chiang Mai, and I particularly like the “columns” section.
Joy Daniel
United Nations Development Program
Colombo, Sri Lanka