Re: ''Thailand needs higher wages to succeed'', (Nov 6, Opinion). Congratulations to Prof Pasuk Phongpaichit for writing this excellent piece of economics for application.
It should be required reading for Thai politicians and for the business community.
In fact, I wish Prof Pasuk would have a regular column on development economics in the Bangkok Post and also in a Thai-language newspaper.
While other academics need a whole book to prescribe an efficient medicine, Prof Pasuk is able to do this most beautifully on just half a page in your newspaper.
Ajarn, more of this, please!
DR HANS U LUTHER
Yingluck is above it all
What a great front-page photo (''The gang's all here'', BP, Nov 6). The Polish and Singaporean prime ministers seem at ease with their headsets, the Pakistani PM is wondering how to use it as a phone, the Cambodian PM looks totally baffled while the Chinese premier is sneaking a glance at his neighbour to see if the sets are made in China. But Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is above all the nonsense and just carries on smiling as usual at the camera. Whoever took this photo did a great job.
Don't talk to Thaksin
It will not do Myanmar any favours if President Thein Sein meets with this fugitive convicted criminal and extremely corrupt ex-prime minister Thaksin, who has many more charges outstanding.
Letting convicted criminals in might actually send the wrong message across the globe for the future development of Myanmar internationally.
Crack down on carousing
I was happy to read of a police crackdown on internet shops with young people using their services after 8pm (BP, Nov 5).
Why don't police tackle the more serious problem of young school kids drinking in the pubs and coyote bars after midnight?
It is immoral that these places can allow such young kids to come in and buy alcohol and remain to sometimes 3.30 am!
No attempt whatsoever is made by the door staff to check IDs - just by looking at the kids you can see they are less than 15.
The police know this is happening but do nothing because of tea money and vested interests in the nightclubs.
These young kids are vulnerable in so many ways at so least try to stop them from ruining their lives so early.
In defence of Danes
I am not from Scandinavia, but I feel obliged to protect the Danes from being unfairly besmirched by by Bob Gosling, who wrongly attributed the actions of one Norwegian mass murderer to their wonderful nation (''Executions can be just'', PostBag, Nov 4).
As for Mr Gosling's approval of the death penalty, despite recognising that innocent people are occasionally lawfully killed in error by the execution of a death sentence, one question remains.
If lawful killing is just, as Mr Gosling argues, then where is the justice for the innocent victims of miscarriages of justice, their families, friends and loved ones?
Arguing that mistakes happen in all walks of life, such as those by ''drivers, doctors and pilots'', is entirely fallacious, as such mistakes are not intentionally carried out as the result of a sentence passed down by a court of law.
Moreover, Mr Gosling makes a mistake in a relatively trivial matter (in judicial terms) as to the nationality of an internationally recognised and self-confessed murderer.
So imagine how tough it is for real courts of law to get things right!
Re: ''Victims get nothing'' (PostBag, Nov 4).
Mr Burapa is fishing in the wrong waters by talking about murder victims - the essence of the story is that there is a rather strong possibility that the condemned man is innocent.
By new methods (DNA) they have found out these days in many countries around the world that mistakes have been made. Maybe they had time to say goodbye, but they didn't have time to be innocent.
Another problem: how can somebody with the book of law in their hands take someone else's life?
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