Rubbish attitude

Re: "City seeks waste awareness", (BP, April 18).

With regards to the story on a Klong Toey canal being covered in piles of garbage which drew strong public criticism, we all should really take a hard and deep look at ourself as a society, and stop pointing fingers and lay blame elsewhere.

Littering is the doing of all of us as there is no guidance on the issue nor care for the city we live in and the environment.

Everyone simply goes by their day and think it's someone else's job to clean up.

We need to change our attitude by starting to take responsibility and it starts at home! Parents need to be the role models for their children, educate them and be an example. Schools could become more active in driving recycling projects.

Municipalities can then support and reward schools for their active roles. It is a chain reaction that would create change.

It is also time that law enforcement becomes more serious applying strict rules and harsh fines to offenders.

Smokers, for example, should be ashamed if they think they are allowed to just throw a cigarette down on the ground anywhere.

I also strongly feel that it's time for stores to charge for plastic bags, and use that to fund and further promote clean initiatives.

Justin Swart


No to discrimination

Last Sunday, my Thai wife, our son, daughter–in-law and granddaughter planned to visit Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani as the government had previously announced that entry to national parks would be free during Songkran.

Unfortunately this was not so.

When we reached the barrier at the park entrance, the rangers said entry for my wife was free.

The rest of us must pay 400 baht each.

I refused and then an argument started as I said I would turn my car around.

But I had to pass the barrier to do this.

The ranger said if I passed the barrier it would cost me 1,600 baht.

As a queue of cars built up behind me, I contemplated what to do.

Then a Thai man arrived from two or three cars behind mine to learn what the delay was.

And when my wife explained he came round to my car window and said to me in perfect English: "I must apologise to you on behalf of my country. I will report this to the authorities, please enjoy your day."

He spoke with the rangers, the barrier was immediately lifted and we were able to turn round and abort the intended visit.

I abhor discrimination of any sort; hence my stand.

Peter
Kalasin


Another Brexit farce

Re: "May seeks early poll on June 8", (BP, April 19).

Not content with the single voice of the people, UK PM Theresa May is now demanding an echo, just to make sure!

On the day the snap general election was announced, more than 5000 people joined the Liberal Democrats, the only "countrywide" anti-Brexit party.

This will undoubtedly be another "Brexit ballot".

In an email sent yesterday, the British Embassy in Bangkok was asked whether expatriates living abroad for more than 15 years would now be given the vote.

While these group was barred from the Brexit referendum, there was an assurance that the law would be changed almost immediately.

Is this another farce in the making?

After the general election, will there be yet another referendum and then another, until we eventually get it right?

Will Brexit happen in this life or the next, or even the next?

John Shepherd


Shaking in their boots

Re: "Useless scare tactics", (PostBag, April 18).

Samanea Saman makes a good point.

I guess Thailand as well seems to be trying to scare its neighbours with the purchase of three submarines and 10 new tanks from China. I can see Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and whomever else there is left, hiding in great intimidation.

David James Wong


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