You will probably have a thousand emails regarding the pollution. Here is
one more! After reading the Chiang Mai Mail last week - the local government
hoping for more tourists (see Chiang Mai Airport extension plans) - FORGET
IT! - Unless they sort out the pollution problems.
Why don’t the police -and there are loads of them in here - crack down on
exhaust pollution? The police just stop motorbikes riders for not wearing
crash helmets or car drivers not wearing seat belts. Both offenses only harm
themselves - not others. However exhaust pollution harms everyone. There are
laws in Thailand to combat it. There is enough man power to cover it. There
is the technology in Thailand to do it. Recently in Bangkok the police
cracked down on exhaust pollution - and IT WORKED. Why don’t we give it a
try - it might work.
Welcome back Chiang Mai Mail - by the way - I agree with Kevin Kemps letter
last week - PLEASE - more local stories and more local pictures.
Editor replies: Last we heard Arnold is that the authorities are
going after the Korean BBQ restaurants in Chiang Mai. Apparently their
little table top grills are to blame for our polluted air. So please help
and don’t order bulgoki until the rains begin again.
Air mail fails to take off
I had posted an expensive book on Feb. 23 at the sub-post office at Kad Suan
Kaew Central Shopping Complex. It cost 388 baht to be sent air mail.
Yesterday, March 10th I returned to that sub-post office and was shocked.
The counter lady asked me if I was the person who had posted a package
showing me my book that was sitting there. I said yes. She told me that
after I had left she discovered there was and additional charge of 90 baht
and therefore she did not post it.
Had I not visited that sub-post office again no doubt they would have held
my mail for another 2 years!
Even though the mail service in Thailand is normally good, never leave any
mail with the sub-post office without assuring that it gets all the stamps.
Even better, ask for a receipt, and never post an important letter or
package from a sub-post office.
“Total Fire Ban” What a joke!
Reading the newspapers recently I am somewhat confused by the repeated
reports on pollution in Chiang Mai and the total failure of the authorities
to take any action??? I live in Mae Rim along with my family who are
suffering along with every other resident. Burning eyes, sore throat,
coughing, and headaches are our constant companion!!!
As for the stated “Total Fire Ban” What a joke!!! Anyone any day can drive
around and witness numerous locals setting fire to anything they can whether
it will burn or not, resulting in a smoldering smoking wasteland. On the
Canal road I witnessed about 15 Army personnel setting fire to the roadside.
The entire region resembles a napalmed holocaust!!!
Our children are suffering but they have to go to school so I am reluctant
to postpone their education but it has got to the stage that this may be the
only option? Live on the coast somewhere with clean air till it clears
probably about May or June? Chiang Mai is such a beautiful place. It is a
shame that so many narrow minded people are making it uninhabitable for 2 to
3 months of the year!!!
It is very easy to catch the culprits, just drive around and follow the
trails of smoke and you will find them with matches or lighters in hand, I
witness it everyday.
What effect this will have on the dwindling tourist numbers will be
interesting to see? I can’t see traveling to a blackened wasteland where you
can hardly breathe for a “Health Spa” as a viable proposition? Or paying top
dollar to stay at a beautiful resort such as “Four Seasons” where you can’t
see more than 100 meters because of the smoke.
The time to educate the people and take action against those who still burn
has long gone but like the saying goes, “Better late than never” Start
Choking in Chiang Mai