A tragic road accident which killed a British couple on a world cycling tour echoes one undeniable fact: our roads are dangerous (''British cyclists die in pickup crash'', BP, Feb 17).
It's time for the authorities to respond positively to the cyclists' call _ real bike lanes and stringent traffic law enforcement _ and make roads safer for the general public.
The ongoing outcry from the local and international media and those in the cycling society is, I hope, loud enough to make whoever is involved with this issue hear it and act accordingly.
Get heads out of toilets
Re: ''Ministry to flush out squat loos, push for public to take a seat'' (BP, Feb 19).
In this I speak directly to the Public Health Ministry: first, there is no scientific evidence that proves the use of squat toilets causes degenerative joint disease. Second, there is a great deal of evidence which suggests that regular use of squat toilets promotes digestive health and good posture.
A basic understanding of human evolution and comparison of Thai posture with that of Westerners will confirm this.
Third, I would ask that the Public Health Ministry get its collective head out of the toilet and deal with the epidemic of dengue fever, the provision of safe abortions, and the countless other urgent health needs of Thai citizens.
Chalerm wrong for South
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is right in saying Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung is not the proper person to be sent to the South. My friends in the deep South view Mr Chalerm as an aggressive bully and a drunk. He also represents Thaksin Shinawatra, and Thaksin represents the Tak Bai massacre.
Sending Mr Chalerm would be like sending a thief to catch a thief. Does PM Yingluck Shinawatra have no one with common sense, a calming personality and knowledge of the southern situation? It's all play-acting, to be seen to do something rather than actually doing something constructive.
But, then, there have not been new ideas or initiatives to deal with the South for a long time.
Fraud is the real beef
Re: David Brown's comments on Brits eating horse meat ('''Neigh' to you, Crutch'', PostBag, Feb 19).
I have no problem with his comments but I feel I must point out the real fuss in the UK is not to do with actually eating horse meat but the simple matter of fraud. If it says on the packet the product is 100% beef, that is what the product should contain - not any other type of meat whether pork, chicken, goat or horse, or even vegetable substitutes.
Unis to worsen power woe
The warning by the Energy Ministry of an energy shortage this April (''Minister says limit energy or face cuts'', BP, Feb 17) is interesting in view of the recent push for converting university calendars to a Western schedule. The result is that there will now be a significant additional energy demand during April, the hottest month, when the universities would previously have been closed.
Perhaps a modified Western schedule should be considered with universities closed throughout April, and the spring term extended for a couple of weeks into the beginning of June. This would alleviate the looming power shortage and also make some contribution to decreasing global warming.
What's in a big name?
Re: ''Footballing worthies'', (PostBag, Feb 18).
Martin R questions why the Bangkok Post insists on ''over reporting'' of Buriram FC.
I have just one question for Mr Martin R: Have you never heard the name Chidchob?
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