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Vol. XII No.16 - Sunday August 11 - Saturday August 24, 2013


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LED billboards

Dear Editor,
I saw your article online recently that the city government was looking into dimming the incredibly distracting and intrusive LED billboards that are popping up around town like mushrooms in the rainy season.
Thank you for that measure, albeit however small. A better measure would be to make them illegal. The Mayor said that they were not against the law so he was limited as to what he could do but really, he should get the City Council to pass a law making them illegal.
They are dangerous and distracting. They make it hard to see at night and the moving shapes confuse my peripheral vision making me think there is a car or motorcycle there when there is only just the big screen.
So, thank you for this first step but I do hope somehow they find a way to take it all the way and make them illegal in the city. Chiang Mai is already struggling against the overwhelming tide to keep what remains of its charm. Don’t let these billboards take the rest.
Signed,
Anti LED billboards


Invasive weeds

Dear Editor,
I saw your recent update online that the city is removing invasive weeds from the canals and rivers and must say I was surprised by someone’s comment that they thought these plants should not be removed. It would seem this person does not understand the danger of these kinds of invasive weeds. Perhaps he should look up Lake Victoria in Kenya before extolling the benefits of such plants and the idea that they should not be removed.
Additionally, the idea that these plants should be cultivated in an open river solely because they can be used to make furniture is incredibly short sighted and shows a lack of understanding about how invasive and dangerous they can be to the eco-system.
It would be good if people learned more about such things as ignoring the problem can cause a lot of problems. So, well done to the city for removing these noxious weeds.
Regards,
Not a fan of weeds


So much for even/odd parking at Nimmanhaeminda

Dear Editor,
I recall several months ago that the police removed the one way soi system on Nimmanhaeminda road stating that they would strictly enforce the even/odd parking days on the side sois. It is true I didn’t really believe it would last and that eventually they would stop doing it and it is true. They stopped doing it. There is no enforcement of parking regulations whatsoever and the entire mess that started the whole notion of one way sois is back.
Frankly, the one way soi system was a darn good idea and the removal of it because a few residents thought it made the roads too “fast” was short sighted. The sois are back to the perpetual traffic jam that they have always been and I imagine that there are far more fender benders and accidents with the removal of the one way system and the lack of parking enforcement than there ever was under the one way system.
I talked to a friend who said when they instituted the one way system around the moat there was a lot of resistance but with police enforcement people finally got used to it and now everyone thinks it quite normal. This would have been possible on the Nimmanhaeminda sois were it given a real chance. Too bad, I avoid Nimmanhaeminda quite a bit more now because it is back to being such a horrific traffic jam.
Please see my photo for a mid-day view of the total lack of enforcement of parking regulations.
Yours,
Disgusted with traffic


Litter on Doi Suthep - Why the garbage ?

Dear Editor and Dear Disgusted with rubbish,
Yes I understand your sentiment, 20 years ago when I worked at The YMCA of Chiang Mai I have had the same bad impressions and feelings when I went out. But nowadays things are getting better and better. My friend Erik came from Pattaya and wondered how clean it is in Chiang Mai. He could not believe how people in this city can do it!
What you can do for the sake of yourself and to the surprise of (Thai) people is to pick up the rubbish in front of them in public (don t be ashamed), they will be astonished about what a Farang is doing and they start to think. At least they stop littering at this moment and they think. Also just picking up the plastic bags will give you a good feeling. We did this time by time many times and we are happy to find this gives ourselves satisfaction. And it is moving your body. And if you go to buy something always take along your own bag and refuse the plastic bags! Don’t forget!
Yours,
Michael R. Boeder


Crazy drivers

Dear Editor
Last week I witnessed the most incredible scene, two Chinese tourists on a motorbike who were trying to get into the turning lane and rather than yielding to the truck that was already there, started hitting it with their bike. At first I didn’t see what was going on but I heard the banging noise and thought that they had been struck by the small truck but as it passed I could see that instead these tourists were bumping the truck with their bike to get him to move. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Neither could the driver because at that point he stopped and off they drove as if it were the most normal thing in the world.
We have all heard stories about how the Chinese tourists stand in the road, don’t look where they are going when they do drive and generally seem unaware of how to drive in a safe manner but this event utterly flabbergasted me. I do hope that the Chinese government will consider issuing a few more guidelines to their citizens when they leave China, number one being, don’t drive like a completely crazy person. Maybe, even better, don’t drive at all. Rent a bicycle. Hire a tuk tuk, but please, for everyone’s sake including their own, get off the motorbikes.
Yours,
Flabbergasted


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

LED billboards

Invasive weeds

So much for even/odd parking at Nimmanhaeminda

Litter on Doi Suthep - Why the garbage ?

Crazy drivers

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