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Misplaced priorities

Air mail fails to take off

“Total Fire Ban” What a joke!

Misplaced priorities

Dear Editor,
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.
Best wishes,
Arnold
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

Dear Editor,
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.
M. Peter


“Total Fire Ban” What a joke!

Dear Editor:
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 now!!!
Kind Regards,
Choking in Chiang Mai



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