Vol. III No. 39 - Saturday September 25 - October 1 2004
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Disabled plea

Animal Rights

The great restaurant stool debate, part 1

Disabled plea

Editor;
I refer to an article in your paper perhaps two weeks ago. It was mentioned there, that Mayor Boonlert intends to put into service buses for this city. Twenty-four are to be purchased. In America, there has been an act passed, (Americans with Disablements Act year 1990) which places on people and companies offering transport, an obligation to provide for people who can not get onto present public transport.

As it is, with arthritis and on crutches, I can manage to get on board the Paw Aw Sip. But it is difficult. It would be impossible for a person in a wheelchair to use the bus.

In Perth, Western Australia, buses have bladders above the suspension springs. When the bus comes to a curb, the driver can lower the side of the bus, by pressing a button or pulling a lever, so the air goes out of the bladder on one side of the bus, and the bus step is at the same level as the curb. After the passenger boards the bus, again the driver can inflate the bladder, to put the bus on an even keel.

There is also a ramp which the driver can extend to come onto the curb. A person in a wheelchair, or an electric cart, can move up the ramp into the interior of the bus, and there is a space reserved for the person to park his wheelchair or electric cart.

It might be a good idea for people to clip this out and send the clipping to the mayor, so that he may consider buying buses which provide for disabled people.
Leonard Levine


Animal Rights

The Editor,
I need and want to share this experience with the readers of Chiangmai Mail. Last week I had two dogs poisoned by a neighbor. She left the poison in a sausage by my front gate. The neighbor next to me saw the woman and saw two dogs eat some of it. One dog got sick immediately and she rushed him to the vet. When she got back to her house the other dog was sick and she once again rushed to the vet. I am so grateful to her for saving two innocent dogs from a horrible death.

We have reported the woman to the police and have instructed our lawyer to start legal action against her. My lawyer said that though the poisoning of the dogs and the pain they suffered will not be dealt with much punishment, the fact that the dogs are my property can bring some damages against her. Until there is a strong Animal Rights policy in Thailand, this kind of abuse will continue. But getting compensation for destroyed property will at least be a beginning to stop horrible people from hurting animals. We are also going to have the monk visit her and explain what she had done is against the teaching of Buddha!
Grant Waldman


The great restaurant stool debate, part 1

The Editor,
Re: Dining Out Review: Brownie Steak and Bakery. Many thanks for the information. I tried it and found the food to be very good indeed. The stools pose no problem for normal folks. Only the obese farangs that I saw were a bit too large for them. They also did not seem to mind. They suit the Thai customers as well as us few foreigners who watch our weight. But a nice review of a restaurant that I will be using so long as it remains open.
Bob Stanton

(Miss Terry Diner replies: I am glad you enjoyed the restaurant review, but I can assure you that I am not obese, but perhaps because of my height I found the stools a little small!)