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XI No.7 - Sunday September 16 - Saturday September 29, 2012


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MAIL BAG
 

Tourist buses

Dear Editor,
I am writing in regard to these huge tourist buses that block traffic at Tha Pae Gate every evening around 6 p.m. The ones that drive through the middle of town always checking to see if they have hit a tree or pulled down electric and phone lines hanging overhead. The buses that block the entire road and really should not be in the center of town.

These monstrosities cause serious traffic jams and do occasionally pull down electric lines and hit trees. There is a solution for this problem though, and it is not to get rid of tourists! It is a solution that can be found in the old city centers in Europe. Make the giant tourist buses park outside the city. Then take half of the songthaew drivers and hire them to ferry passengers to their hotels and to tourist sites around the city in much smaller buses or minivans.

There are already far too many red trucks as it is and taking many of them off the streets would help with pollution and provide the drivers with new jobs. It would cut down on the heavy traffic as well, not only taking some of the songthaews out of commission but taking these giant buses out of the narrow Chiang Mai streets.

I realize that this is beyond the solution of the Municipality but perhaps the Governor could get involved. Surely it is these kinds of simple solutions that would make Chiang Mai a much cleaner, greener and nicer place to live and visit.
Yours,
Wouter


Japanese WWII era train

Dear Editor,
Thank you for the article on the lost train. It is amazing that something so big could actually be considered lost!

However, something I would like to add is that I hope that the Japanese Consulate does not feel that their participation in bringing this magnificent old train to light would be unwelcome in any way. My father is a veteran of WWII and my brother a veteran of the Vietnam War and I can assure you neither of them harbors a grudge. It is hardly reasonable to blame the children for the sins of the father and so for me, I would like say to the Japanese Consulate, we welcome your friendship and participation.

Japan has been a great and close ally of the both the United States and of Thailand for many years. I know, from reading this newspaper, that the Japanese have donated tremendous amounts of money to many very useful projects around Northern Thailand through their Consulate and for that, I want to say thank you for your generosity. Even after losing so much to the tsunami, they continue their aid programs to Northern Thailand.

It is this behavior that should be remembered and not ancient grudges against those people who are, in the main, long gone.
Signed
An American in Chiang Mai


Dengue fever update?

Dear Editor,
Thank you for your article on dengue fever last month but I was wondering if it was possible to get an update on the latest numbers? Many of my friends have come down with Dengue this year although I haven’t heard of quite as many as in previous years I would like to know what the real numbers are?
I realize that not everyone goes to the hospital to get diagnosed but surely enough must that it gives us an idea of the numbers. Who would I contact to find out these numbers or can the Chiang Mai Mail do an update on the numbers?
Thanks,
Jonathan
Dear Jonathan,
Thank you for the re-minder, we have contacted the Municipality and the numbers for September and the Mayor reports the numbers are actually pretty low. He said that while these are simply reported cases and unreported cases are bound to push the numbers up the numbers are still quite low considering it is still the middle of the rainy season. He added that he hopes that every household in Chiang Mai will take care to remove mosquito breeding grounds as spraying pesticides is a short term fix that is not 100% effective.
Regards
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


Rewarding competence with what?

Dear Editor,
It was with great dismay that I read Governor Panadda was being transferred to Bangkok to act as the Deputy Permanent Secretary. My Thai friends tell me that while this is technically a promotion, the position has no authority and this active and proactive man will be left sitting at a desk.

What is wrong with this government? All of my Thai friends say this is the best Governor Chiang Mai has ever had. That people feel they can complain to the government because he will listen, that this man, although not a Chiang Mai native, loves Chiang Mai as much as the locals do.

Is this how the government rewards someone who does a good job? I am completely confused. Surely the Prime Minister, as a Chiang Mai native herself, would want him to stay and continue his good work? Do the wishes of the local Chiang Mai people have no say in the matter? My Thai friends told me that a petition is being circulated to keep him here. I hope it succeeds as this seems to be one of the few government appointed officials who actually listens to the people.
Yours,
J.


Formula 1?

Dear Editor
In response to your recent headline of Formula 1 proposed for Chiang Mai some would say we already have a Grand Prix here; every day around the moat and along 118 towards Chiang Rai!
Regards
Ron


Welcome Back!

Dear Editor
I just wanted to write in and say how glad I am to see the Chiang Mai Mail back in print. You are by far the best newspaper in town and it’s great to see you back. I missed you while you were gone. I think that we don’t appreciate what we have until it is gone so I hope everyone can remember what it was like to not have a quality newspaper that addressed the issues of the expat community here in Chiang Mai.
Thanks again and welcome back!
LiLi


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Tourist buses

Japanese WWII era train

Dengue fever update?

Rewarding competence with what?

Formula 1?

Welcome Back!
 

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