Vol. IV No. 9 - Saturday February 26 - March 4. 2005
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Help find a friend

Freedom of speech

Teachers should instigate air pollution change

Help find a friend

The Editor,

I have just stumbled upon your website, after months of searching for a way to find a lost dear friend who relocated in the hill tribe region of Chiang Mai last year. My main concern is I haven’t talked to him or heard from him ever since he went back home to Thailand, Chiang Mai, after spending one year in America.

Before his flight he emailed me that the hill tribe is a very far off place and thus there are no such source of communication whatsoever that he can possibly use to get in touch with me. He promised to get in touch with me after a month but there was no call that came. I really don’t know where to turn to and I guess media is the only people I can seek help. Please help me find my brother Jaidee Thanhtanaya.

Edrolin Moises


Freedom of speech

Dear Editor,

A recent, rather negative commentary about President Bush and a subsequent letter from someone thereby offended, reminds me of what a J. Lesseig (whomever he/she is) wrote, “Freedom of Speech makes it much easier to spot the idiots.”

The Mid-night Cowboy


Teachers should instigate air pollution change

To the Editor – Mailbag

NASA’s Terra satellite maps of “Carbon monoxide over Southeast Asia” show most of northern and northeast Thailand in the highest regional concentrations of 180 to 220 ppbv of carbon monoxide from biomass burning (Refer http:ear thobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages), for the period of January 20-30, 2005. The high concentrations were coming mainly from forest fires. As we all know from recent group suicides in Japan, carbon monoxide kills.

It seems the present programmes on the issue of air pollution in Chiang Mai (as reported in Chiangmai Mail 12/2/2005) are failing to raise awareness of the regional pollution issue, which of course adds to the Chiang Mai specific urban pollution problems. The satellite data show that we are slowly poisoning ourselves! Anyone who has descended into Chiang Mai airport at this time of the year has surely noticed the clear air above 3,000 meters altitude and the grey muck (the air we breathe!) that the plane descends into on landing. I advise overseas visitors to enjoy Chiang Mai – but breathe as little air as possible while here.

Surely our teachers are failing! The older generation is not going to change their air polluting habits easily - until they are gasping their last breath from carbon monoxide poisoning and dust particle inhalation. Start with the school kids who will breathe the air for another 50 years! Teachers today, you have such wonderful teaching tools available on the internet. Aren’t you ashamed that you are failing to get the air pollution message across?
Peter Hoare