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Rain and haze

Doctor’s advice?

Poster for Chiang Mai Tourism?

Helmet safety, motorbikes and children

 

Rain and haze

Dear Editor: Our church has been praying for the rain to come and clean the filthy air. Today was the answer to our prayers. My children and my friends have been coughing and getting sick from the polluted air that is caused mainly by human activity. Some friends have to relocate to other provinces temporarily. The sad part is the fact that no one seems to take this seriously. Each year we enter the month of January, February, March and April in fear. We need clean air to breathe and we need to stop those people who start burning every year. I hope that the police and any related department will take this problem seriously, instead of waiting for it to happen. Why would we spend a lot of money developing the city, making more roads, building and etc., but our quality of lives is shortened everyday by the pollution. Do we try to increase the economy and income in order to make more money to spend in the hospital or treat our sickness?

From,
Chiang Mai girl

 

Doctor’s advice?

Dear Editor,

Is there any chance you could invite someone to write about how to protect ourselves during this time from the polluted air? Also, would be good to know what the general effects are, including potentially serious effects. Maybe Dr.Iain Corness could give his diagnosis on the subject?

Thank you kindly.
Yours, a concerned Chiang Mai resident.


Poster for Chiang Mai Tourism?

Chiang Mai before

Chiang Mai after

What a shame. Why would anyone come here now?
Charles Thompson


Helmet safety, motorbikes and children

Dear Editor,
A sight caught my breath the other day, but not in a good way, when a Western man, his Thai wife and their VERY young baby, rode past me on their scooter. The baby, who was sandwiched between herself and the westerner, suddenly, precariously, leaned to one side. The man must have noticed in his mirror, because he turned around and shouted at her sharply to be careful. I was aghast, not only by the scene before me, but by his distain, for, in my opinion, if he had any real concern about being careful, he wouldn’t have his baby on the scooter in the first place! Not only that, but he was wearing a helmet, and his pillion passenger was not (and the baby was obviously way too young to even have a helmet size available!). I mention his being western I suppose because I would like to think that we have enough sense driven into us to know better. Most Westerners do not grow up in circumstances where it is ok or normal to drive in a risky way. For many Thai people it is more of a norm in their society. However, regarding Thai scooter riders, I also think that even if they prefer not to wear a helmet when driving, they should absolutely protect their children. I understand why scooters may economically be the only vehicle option for a family, but it only costs a few hundred baht for a kid’s helmet. They should ask themselves how much they value their kids if it seems too expensive. Lastly, there are also adapted children’s seats that can be fitted into scooters too. Again, not so very expensive. If parents have only the option of a scooter to get about, at the very least they should fork out a few hundred baht to provide SOME added safety and security for their kids. As for the Westerner, and any others who follow suite, frankly I think you should know better!
Yours Flabbergasted!



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