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XI No.11 - Sunday November 4 - Saturday November 17, 2012


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Pandamonium?

Dear Editor,
It was with amusement I read your pandamonium story and that the Panda Channel has been cancelled. I must say that for the life of me I could never figure out the panda fever that has gripped Thailand for 3 years. She eats, she sleeps. She eats some more. And she gets a birthday party every single month from the looks of it.
Don’t get me wrong, Editor. I like pandas. I think Lin Ping is cute but I wouldn’t spend my time watching her on television. I wouldn’t spend my time watching her parents either, for that matter. I would however, be happy to take my 3 year old daughter to go see Lin Ping in person. She loves Lin Ping and a trip to the Zoo is one of her favourite things to do.
However, she doesn’t watch the panda channel either! She says to me that it is much better in real life than on the TV. So, Chiang Mai Zoo, follow the money trail and encourage visitors to come to Chiang Mai to see her. It’s more fun, it makes more sense and it brings a lot more money to the Zoo and to Chiang Mai.
Regards,
Dan


Electric school buses?

Dear Editor,
It was with great interest that I saw your photo of the very first edition of the Chiang Mai Mail published ten years ago. I looked at the headline “Electric School Bus Project switched on” and wondered to my wife, “What electric school buses?”
So, I ask dear editor, does anyone know what became of the project? Or the buses? Why did a decent school bus system never get implemented all those years ago? I am not sure if you can find the answers, or if anyone these days even knows the answers from so long ago but it would be interesting to find out.
Regards
Jim T.
The Editor responds:
Dear Jim,
Yes I wondered at that headline too. It was well before my time here in Chiang Mai but I will certainly ask around to see if anyone recalls these buses or has an inkling where they ended up. Any readers who might know please feel free to email me at [email protected] with any information you may have!
Yours,
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


Drunk driving

Dear Editor,
It was with great relief that I see the Chiang Mai Police have decided to take the problem of drunk drivers seriously. It is a huge problem and many of my friends have had accidents caused by drunk drivers.
However, I am concerned that this will fall into yet another “crackdown” that goes on for a few days, weeks or even, if we are lucky, a couple of months and then fizzles out.
I strongly encourage the police to stay the course and keep up the breathalyzer checkpoints as it is only through the regular implementation of the law that drivers will start to realize that driving drunk is not acceptable. The imposition of heavy fines can make up for the overtime payment of the police and I would encourage them to arrest and imprison anyone who is driving drunk without a license immediately. Drunk drivers with licenses should have their licenses suspended for a period of time and a heavy fine. If they do it again, treat them the same as those drivers without a license: prison and heavy fines.
It is only through consistent, regular, long term enforcement that attitudes and behaviors will change.
Regards
Stan


Belated congratulations!

Dear Editor,
I am very delighted to convey my warmest congratulation on your 10th anniversary of the Chiang Mai Mail.. I knew that your magazine would get this success due to the many years of your service and hard work for your readers in many ways. My Colleagues in the ThinThaiNgam, District 3360 Rotary Club join me in sending you our best wishes for your anniversary.
Best regards,
PDG Waewdao Limlenglert
Dear Chiang Mai Mail,
Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning and Prem Tinsulanonda International Boarding School, congratulate Chiang Mai Mail on ten years of successfully celebrating important community events and articles of local interest. We look forward to your continued community contributions.
Lynda Rolph, President Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning


Lanna Dog charity dinner

DDear Editor,
Thank you so much for reporting on the great success of the Lanna Dog Welfare Charity fundraiser in your last issue. I am a huge dog lover and have followed Roshan and Lanna Dog for many years. Although I only return to Chiang Mai infrequently these days, I was devastated to hear of the sudden passing of Roshan, she was truly a kind hearted woman and was quite concerned for the future of Lanna Dog.
I am so glad to see that the supporters remain despite the changes and that they continue their good works in treating and sterilizing the street and temple dogs around Chiang Mai.
Please keep up the good work! And for those who wish to help may I please include a link to their website?
Signed
Werner

Dear Werner,
Roshan was a lovely woman whose passion and dedication to Lanna Dogs was admired by all who knew her. I too am a “dog person” and, in fact, a “cat person” too! Anyone wishing to learn more about Lanna Dog can go to www.lannadog.net.
Regards
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Pandamonium?

Electric school buses?

Drunk driving

Belated congratulations!

Lanna Dog charity dinner

 

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