It was encouraging to see 20,000 cyclists take part in the car-free day on Sunday, including Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra and Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt. They suggested holding the event every month to "strengthen its campaign for more use of public transport and bicycles".
Currently, it is a real challenge to cycle through downtown Bangkok on weekdays, as there are so few bike paths.
One solution would be to create wide paths along canals for bikes and pedestrians alike. I attempted to cycle along Khlong Saen Saep on Sunday, but it was nearly impossible with all the obstructions and missing segments.
This would be a fantastic commuter route for cyclists into town along Ramkhamhaeng and Phetchaburi roads.
China sets example
Re: ''Life sentence lowers curtain on Bo's career'' (BP, Sept 23).
While China is serious about curbing corruption and actually does something about it, Thailand diddles and dawdles.
Corrupt politicians not only live far beyond their means, but actually brag about it. They leave the country before trials and enjoy lives of luxury abroad.
It seems even the newspapers have lost interest. Why bother? We all know the outcome.
Thaksin threat looms
Re: ''Thaksin seen as real power, Abac finds'' (BP, Sept 23).
Sondhi Limthongkul, former leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy, says he will lead his people to the streets again the day Thaksin Shinawatra returns to Thailand.
If Thaksin doesn't yet know he is a major threat to his own sister's government, when will he?
Immediately after the devastating floods of 2011, the government and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) assured everyone that they would take decisive action to eliminate the possibility of similar future events. So what has been accomplished?
Has the BMA cleaned and dredged all the canals, as it promised to do? Have the pumps, floodgates and other equipment been carefully inspected, repaired and/or replaced? Hardly.
And what about the huge bypass tunnels that were touted as almost complete in 2011? I haven't heard a word about them.
Flood warnings are being issued one after the other. I live in northern Bangkok and Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra promised last week the city would not flood. This is the same governor who promised the capital would not flood just one week before our house was flooded in 2011.
Re: ''Others gave their lives too'' (PostBag, Sept 23).
Last week we learned the US came close to blowing itself up in 1961 via its own H-bombs, with possible devastation from North Carolina to New York to Washington DC (Mail Online, Sept 22), although it has taken 50-plus years for that history to reach us.
Much of the history written about the US war in Vietnam is written by Americans, noting that many Americans today believe the US actually won that war.
The US definitely lost to the Soviets in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which likewise contradicts popular US opinion on the subject.
Correspondent Karl Reichstetter might be right in the facts he presented, but what good is the effort when losers turn themselves into winners and get to write up the results?
It appears that history is primarily written by those with the biggest publishing houses, so it is always wise to consider the source.
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