The glue doesn't stick
The excuse that the "skewed scales must have been due to poor glueing during its making" offered by the director of the Chumpholphonphisai School in explanation for the controversial Wai Kru flower arrangements as reported in the Bangkok Post's June 15 edition, is priceless.
"Poor glueing during its making" really describes the whole "democratic dictatorship" fiasco, from the constitution, the electoral process, the EC's "holiday" study tour of Europe on the eve of the election, the delay in declaration and gerrymandering of electoral results, the farcical attempts to form a government right up to the current horse-trading over cabinet posts. How long before it all becomes unstuck?
Justice is approaching
Re: "Don rejects US editorial", (BP, June 12).
As a long-time watcher of Thai-US relations one of the last entities I would regard with any credibility is the fake-news Washington Post, which had the audacity to describe the Thai government as a "crude mockery of democracy" that doesn't deserve US aid. No wonder those who placed that piece didn't sign their names to it.
This is the same Washington Post, along with The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and other spreaders of falsehoods that provided cover and disinformation that spurred many bad bureaucratic actors in the US government to darn-near stage a coup d'etat in the US.
Justice is swiftly approaching at last for these smarmy enablers.
David B Hamilton
Time to open their minds
It must come as an awful shock to the ultra-conservative supporters of the present stratocracy to open their eyes and minds to the greater world and see that Thailand is rather unique in its desire for elderly, male uniformed political representatives.
A quick tour through a few pages of Google reveals that of the present 193 nations that make up the UN, only 26 are monarchies and that in the modern era only Burma is described as being run by a similar ideology.
They must also be devastated by the fact that countries including the UK, France, Ireland, India, Australia, US and Kenya have elected representatives to parliament who were under 30 years of age.
Finding out Rwanda, Cuba and Bolivia all have a majority of women in their ruling House is probably just unacceptable and the very existence of Jacinda Ardern, both female and young, would surely have them in fits, especially as she appears to be doing such a good job.
Risky business, indeed
Re: "Is insurance needed", (PostBag, June 11).
Eric Bahrt describes the classic "self-insure" approach when he suggests people might save money by paying medical bills as they arise instead of buying insurance. This is a sound and logical approach for extremely wealthy people who have hundreds of thousands of dollars readily available to cover shock medical emergencies. For the rest of us, the self-insured approach for health is an exceptionally risky approach.
Although a person's average medical costs may be less than the insurance premiums paid in any given year, most people are not in a position to shoulder the extremes -- the expenses that all too frequently result from serious accidents, organ failure, cancer or other major medical conditions.
Insurance is designed precisely to alleviate these medical extremes without bankrupting the average individual.
I applaud Eric's healthy lifestyle and hope that he never encounters a major medical operation or treatment that could easily cost a not-so-small fortune.
The reality, however, is that the vast majority of people don't have the financial security to self-insure. They therefore need decent medical insurance to avoid premature death resulting from an inability to pay for life-sustaining treatment.
There has been a lot said about mandatory health insurance recently, and many writers have pointed out the extremely high premiums and exclusion of pre-existing conditions. But few have focused on the inadequate coverage. Take the insurance required for the A-O retirement visa, which covers 400k for in-patients. If the hospital bill comes to 2 million baht, who pays for the balance of 1.6 million.
It's just baffling...
Re: "The spirit of Bengal", (BP, June 13).
I cannot wait to buy tickets to fly to Bangladesh to go and see for myself "a pair of glasses, which belonged to Muridul Alam", and "the staircase where Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was shot to death". But the cherry on the top of this "rich and rewarding destination" has to be the visit of a room "with a television set in the corner".
French philosopher Pascal famously wrote that "had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the face of the world would have been changed". There is no doubt that, had the TV set been in the centre of the room, the face of Bangladesh would have been changed. How thrilling!
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