It's easy being green

"Lane closures for Orange Line start in Ramkhamhaeng", (BP, July 9).

Will there ever be an attempt to keep some major areas of Bangkok sunny and tree lined? Why is in necessary to build more ugly, massive, grey concrete pylons and train stations? It would be cheaper and easier to go the route of the LRT (light rail transit) so popular in so many European, Australian, Canadian and American cities. Tracks could be built 30 or more centimetres above road level with special sections to accommodate vehicles to cross over.

It is as if no one thought out how Bangkok was being planned, and, now, no one seems to care. It's all build, build and build some more, without a thought or concern for either the environment or residents. Who cares if people are inconvenienced? After all, to hell with them. They only live along the train routes. Disgusting, isn't it.

Citizen for Sunshine

Time to get back on track

Re: "Nakhon Ratchasima just 77 mins away", (BP, Jul 12).

Seventy-seven minute travel time can win low-cost carrier (LCC) time, including flying time, check-in, security check, airport access time and so on. So basic train fares can be set higher than 535 baht. There should be accommodation charging equivalent with LCC fares for higher class passengers. Also, cargo trains at slower speeds can be operated in between passenger train schedules. Those two measures will help operating profit.

Contraction and management of passenger station buildings should be handled by third sectors as public and commercial malls and the SRT lend their space for passenger handling. This will decrease initial investment cost.

RH Suga

One from the cesspool

I almost had to laugh at Richard Rees' July 14 letter, "Obama whoppers", opining about the Trump presidency. His missive was right out of the Trump playbook. Was it written by an Oval Office insider using a pen name? Where to start? Every sentence is ridiculously trying to make a swimming pool out of a cesspool. People like Rees had the last laugh on Nov 9 last year, when their (and Russia's) candidate got the top seat. But is it the last laugh?

Trump's campaign was like people with STDs boom booming without condoms. It feels fun for the initial stages but, later, the disease grows and spreads throughout the (political) body. I don't laugh at STDs nor Trump's debilitation of America, but will be glad when the entire cadre of crooks are out on the sidewalk looking for jobs, perhaps parking cars -- though not at any government premises, as none of them could get security clearances.

Ken Albertsen

I heard that cliche before

The letter from Richard Rees is fairly typical of the tendentious, fallacious, cliche-ridden letters that sometimes follow a critique of Trump in this column. Like many, he brings up the completely irrelevant subject of Hillary Clinton. She's history now, and Trump is the present.

Fallacy number one: Assume that when A attacks B he is thereby supporting B's erstwhile opponent, C. Fallacy number two: Attribute a suspect motive behind the critique in an attempt to invalidate the argument, in this case it's the assumption that the media "can't take defeat politely" and that Charles Blow is driven by personal animosity. Fallacy number three: Attack the writer for what he didn't say, rather than address the points that he did make. Among other things, where was Charles Blow "cheerleading for one side or the other"?

I reread Charles Blow's article after reading Richard's letter, looking for something to justify the description, "hate-filled column." I couldn't see any hate. All I saw was a sustained catalogue of inconsistencies, occasionally interspersed with strongly worded negative terms, unsurprising in an op-ed piece.

Richard's final paragraph undermines his entire position. He writes, "The fourth estate has a duty to keep an eye on government and report its successes and failures honestly." Isn't that precisely what Charles M Blow and others are doing? If Trump successes are conspicuously lacking, that may have more to do with Trump than the journalists who write about him.

Andrew Stewart

Keystone cops fail again

The police failed during their third searching of a room where a woman was supposedly murdered by her German boyfriend. I wonder how police failed to find an 18-inch bloodstain on a mattress. Asked this morning how forensic police failed to find the stain, an officer declined to answer. Does that tell the public anything about police competence? It sure tells the rest of us something.

David James Wong

Foundering in a sea of lies

Sorry Richard, but you have overdosed on Fox.

Trump lies will fill an encyclopaedia. As for the Russian collusion being "nonsense", I would have agreed a short time ago, but now we have proof that there was at least an attempt to collude, after months of lies from the Trump camp.

Farang in Chiang Mai

Monks live the life of Riley

A rather interesting event this afternoon. I took five Thai friends to lunch at a local outdoor restaurant. Five minutes after being seated, two Benzes pulled in, disgorging nine rather plump, well fed-looking monks.

They took over a large table, ordered the best, most expensive items on the menu, then added insult to injury by asking for bottles of beer. The proprietor was reluctant to serve them beer, but one monk became a bit loud and abusive, so beer they wanted, beer they got as well.

My Thai friends were embarrassed and insisted we cancel our orders, which we did, and left to eat elsewhere. So much for the three months of the Buddhist Lent, the temple confinement, the travel restrictions, at least for these guys. Religion has gone down the tubes long ago, but this blatant, ostentatious display was not only embarrassing but disgusting.


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