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December 11, - December 17, 2007



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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Call for accurate information

Pricing diversity at the zoo

Letting off steam

 

Call for accurate information

To the Editor:
While there is some light fun in reading the Chiang Mai Mail, it shouldn’t be read for news or accurate information. On two specific occasions - when I have bothered - to follow up on “news” printed in the Chiang Mai Mail, I have found that the “news” was both incomplete and inaccurate.
The first instance was “news” related to obtaining transit stickers through Wing 41. The second instance was your “reporting” this week on so-called new retirement visa requirements. I don’t know where you got the information for the first. I do know that it was so incomplete as to be practically useless.
The second article on purported visa requirement changes appears to have been lifted from a Pattaya source. The information was hardly “reported,” let alone useful. It was actually copied verbatim (as I discovered through Internet searching) — and it was gobbledgook to begin with. It is rather like spreading rumors or misinformation than being helpful.
The paper could indeed provide a valuable service beyond printing photos of people at birthday parties at local bars. There is a sizeable English-reading audience in Chiang Mai for a weekly.
Hoping things improve,
JHG
Editor replies:
Dear JHG,
Thank you very much for your candid comments and we do agree with you. Yes things will improve. For the correct information on the visa regulation, please turn to page 2.

 

Pricing diversity at the zoo

Editor,
I noticed prices for the elephant farm, rafting, bullock ride, butterfly farm etc for 875 baht including pick up, as we were not sure of what day we wanted to go we thought we would play it by ear,
We eventually booked an un-metered taxi with driver to take us up there, we paid him handsomely for doing this for us. When we went to book at the counter, they charged us 1500 baht each just for entry. How can this be so when you can book with agency in town for 875 baht including transport?
The day was very expensive for us with booking the driver etc. Not all foreigners are well off, some of us save up for a long time for a holiday and it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth when this sort of thing happens.
I will be warning all my friends back in Australia about this practice, and also what happens at the zoo, it can depend on the colour of your skin as to what you are charged, this is called discrimination and is illegal
Roland Stockton


Letting off steam

Dear Editor,
Apart from your Heart to Heart section, I have not detected anything like a ‘letters’ column enabling readers to let off steam so to speak.
I refer to a couple patent untruths published in ‘Electrifying Subaru’, Auto Mania, by Dr (certainly not science) Corness, CMM 27/11.
1. He states: ‘Only electric vehicles have the ability not to pollute the planet’. Fact is they are far worse polluters than liquid fuel propelled ones, as the electrical energy that fills the battery is generally produced in coal or gas fired power stations. Apart from that, event he most efficient battery system delivers only a fraction of the energy that goes to ‘fill’ it. Pollution occurs but well away from where the car is used. Worse still, the CO2 produced is also far greater than in a liquid fuel driven vehicle.
2. It is cheaper. Well yes and no. If it weren’t for the inordinate amount of tax that goes into the cost of liquid fuel, I venture to say that they would be cheaper per km than electrically propelled ones.
3. It doesn’t need an ‘expensive fuel delivery system’. The electricity grid is just as much a ‘fuel delivery system’ and believe you me, it isn’t all that ‘cheap’.
A further point, not mentioned by the Dr. whereas it takes just 1 or 2 minutes to recharge the car’s fuel tank for the next 200 to 300 km, the best battery systems take 10’s of minutes, or more commonly, an overnight charge to be refilled.
Powering vehicles by rechargeable batteries makes sense only if the electricity grid delivers electricity derived from nuclear, or other non-polluting sources. It makes no sense otherwise.
The main point to remember: whenever something is moved, energy is involved and more often than not that means burning carbon as the prime source of fuel.
Adrian Gaemers
Editor’s note: Dr. Iain Corness reveals all next week.



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