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No justice for fallen

Re: "Justice still sought for Tak Bai deaths," (BP, Oct 26).

It's been 17 years since 85 Muslim protesters suffocated to death at Tak Bai, Narathiwat. They'd been bound hand and foot, stacked like logs, and transported by our military.

How can we have reconciliation when the authorities can kill unarmed villagers with impunity? We know who was in charge at the site -- yet our generals will not punish their brother officers, for they are above the law. Nor have our elected representatives done anything to give justice to the dead.

It falls to you and me, dear reader, to bring reconciliation to our beloved country, by peacefully forcing our elected representatives to bring even our military and police under the law. Do we have the political will to do so?


Politely impertinent?

Re: "Reopening glitz and glam needs a backup plan," (Opinion, Oct 26).

Is it quite polite for the consistently incisive Atiya Achakulwisut to be asking relevantly critical questions about the government led by the man who overthrew the Thai people's democratic government solely in order to save true democracy? No. It is most impertinent to be rude about the amazingly expensive extravaganza that combines the best of two internationally renowned non-Thais, one of whom was has gone so far as to have been born in Thailand before escaping to thrive creatively.

The festive New Year gala is another fine example of the sufficiency economics. No? Qualifying Thais of sufficiently simple, frugal lifestyles will flock to it, for which they are even willing to be seen and photographed and videoed and commented on in attendance at a hyped-up gala performance by some genuinely famous people.

How very impertinent to raise very pertinent questions about such a display of conspicuous sufficiency.


It's all Latin to me

Re: "Living English," (PostBag, Oct 13).

Latin may not be as "dead a language", as the above insists.

First off, what is the language which is used to classify all species in science? Why, its the so-called "dead" Latin!

Further, Latin is often used to express oneself, when speaking English.

Who could forget the "quid pro quo" episode of the Trump presidency? Or what about when lawyers say that they will take on a case "pro-bono"(without pay). Other examples include words such as, "par excellence", or "sui-generis", to name but a few.

And don t forget that the previous pope, Benedict XVI, had plans to slowly re-introduce the use of Latin into the Catholic Mass, plans which went out the window, when he abruptly resigned from his esteemed position.

So it should be by now clear that, rather than being dead, as Mr Brown insists, Latin is still a living language which is used worldwide by people, such as scientists, in their daily lives.


The perils of jabs

Re: "Prepare for a spike," (PostBag, Oct 27).

Jason A Jellison notes that many vaccinated people are spreading Covid-19. I'd like to offer a possible explanation. We're told that the vaccine may help prevent symptoms of Covid-19 in people who are infected. But is that good? The purpose of symptoms is to warn us of a health problem.

But if someone who is vaccinated doesn't have symptoms then he will have no idea that he's infected and will take no precautions to prevent spreading the virus. In other words, the vaccinated may very well be more likely to transmit Covid-19 than the unvaccinated.



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