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Pollution from Suan Dok Hospital

Dear Editor,
I live on the East side of HuayKaew Residence. Each morning there is much pollution going into the air from the Suan Dok Hospital. I took the photos from my room.
Many thanks,
Polluted in Chiang Mai


Why I love Thailand and its people

Dear Editor,
I was 1st in Thailand 50 yrs ago, been back many times, and now have a Thai wife. We live in Florida and I just want to tell my view of what the Thai people can think about how we feel.
First, I love Thailand because of the King, and all the good things done by him, for many decades to help all the Thai people.
In this dark moment of Thailand’s history, we have to look deep into each Thai person’s heart. Because it is the best way to understand the positive energy of all of Thailand, and all it can be.
At age 19 I saw with my own eyes that positive energy, the friendliness and polite attitude in the Thai people that stood before me, so proud with their heads up high. In the past, I would make a friendly joke and ask a Thai person if they can speak Thai....the reply was always the same...”Yes, I am Thai”! Their eyes, face and body language told me their real heart.
With proud shoulders back, their heads up and a sparkle in their eyes, it was the pure message they carried in their heart, and were happy to tell me.
What Thailand is going through these past weeks, with the awareness of bad politics and corruption, it has really won the minds of most of the people to seek a better Thailand for all.
It is in these moments, that each Thai knows, down deep they are All Thais. Surrounded by other nations, they are Thais. With a long history of good people, good monks, and Kings....Thais can walk proud and know from history, they are Thai!!
I remember, and still see the famous smile.
A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re Thai. How wonderful it is too see that quick and genuine smile with warm friendly eyes to welcome you.
So, as an old farang man, who loves and respects Thailand I hope for Peace for you all, and in my heart “I am Thai”
Yours,
Tom


Accident statistics

Dear Editor,
Thank you for updating the nationwide accident statistics online on Facebook. However, I have to wonder how accurate they are. I heard a rumour that they only counted those people who had died at the scene as fatalities and those who died later at the hospital were not included in the death count.
I do not know if this is true but if it is then that would mean the numbers are surely measurably higher than the “official ones” given out by the government. If it is true it would seem to be a method of “fudging” the number so they do not seem as awful as they truly are.
I understand that the numbers have nearly halved from ten years ago but it is still an appalling number and one that could easily be avoided if the police were to actually police; that is set up roadside checks and breathalyse anyone who drives through after around 1 a.m. Arrest them and put them in the drunk tank. Fine them some enormous amount and then people might start reconsidering drink driving.
But I did not see one police check in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve. I stayed in my moobahn that evening and celebrated the night with my friends and neighbors and then we all sensibly stumbled home again. Not a single death occurred in my moobahn since everyone was at the local party.
I cannot really understand why this remains such a challenge for Thailand. The solution is really quite simple but it does require that the police stay out all night and check people.
Perhaps they are too cold or prefer to enjoy their own New Year’s Eve which is a pity, because certainly many lives could be saved if they stayed at their posts.
Signed,
Not a fan of New Year


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Pollution from Suan Dok Hospital

Why I love Thailand and its people

Accident statistics

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