Re: ''B500 foreigner-entry fee on the table'' (BP Online, Oct 21).
How dare this government or anyone else have the audacity to define who is a desirable or undesirable tourist? And how does this government have the further audacity to label anyone as ''trash''?
Tourists should simply spend their money elsewhere. Thailand is becoming overpriced and unattractive. One only has to read about the real Phuket _ touts, louts, prostitution, corruption, scamming and more. Thailand, clean up your own trash before you accuse others of bringing it in.
DAVID JAMES WONG
Calculate with clarity
Re: ''Rice losses picked to go higher'' (BP, Oct 22).
As an accountant and graduate in economics, I concur with MR Pridiyathorn Devakula's estimation of a loss of 466 billion baht based on today's sellable price of 10,750 baht/tonne for rice under the government's rice scheme. His calculation was based on Thai and international accounting practices.
If the ministry's cost of purchase is 28,673 baht per tonne and the rice is sold at 10,750 baht/tonne (only 37% of the cost), there is a very slim chance the loss in this rice-pledging scheme could be less than MR Pridiyathorn's estimation, especially when the government has surplus stock of 14 million tonnes.
I would love to hear the Commerce Ministry challenging the calculation, rather than confusing the public with non-related data.
Where do her loyalties lie?
Re: ''2010 victims' families blast amnesty push'' (BP, Oct 22).
The Yingluck Shinawatra government's credibility has been severely damaged by relatives of the people killed in the 2010 political violence accusing it of following only Thaksin Shinawatra's instructions to help him, at the expense of justice and without due consideration for the victims.
Hence, it looks like Ms Yingluck cannot have her cake and eat it too.
Soon she will be faced with the question of to which side she is loyal _ Thaksin, or Thailand.
Trade in the trucks
Re: ''Cops get tough on illegal parking''(BP, Oct 22).
The new tow-away plan for drivers who park illegally is a great idea . Too bad the country is not prepared to make it work.
The problem I see _ and I'll give an example _ is there are not enough tow trucks to handle the load.
If they should start this plan in Pattaya, they would need at least 25 tow trucks on Pattaya Klang Road alone just to keep up with the offenders.
Maybe a deal can be worked out with a tow truck supplier to trade a bunch of new, unused, fire trucks for tow trucks.
Mourn first, settle later
Re: ''Families of 3 Thais killed want B45m compensation'' (BP, Oct 22).
I read with dismay that the families of three Thai passengers killed in the Lao Airlines crash less than a week ago are already in negotiations with the airline and insurers for $500,000 in compensation for each victim.
While I have the greatest sympathy for the poor souls lost in the accident, I can't help feeling they are being hasty in their rush to get money. Surely now is the time for mourning, not trying to get huge amounts of money?
Name and shame
Re: ''Experts urge less lead in paint (BP, Oct 22).
Walaiporn Mooksawan, deputy director of the Ecology Alert and Recovery Thailand Foundation, tested 128 paint samples and found more than three-quarters of them contained lead levels exceeding safe limits.
I would like to call upon Ms Walaiporn to name the companies and their brand names.
What good is a report if the public is still unaware of which paint products are contaminated and which are lead-free?
I'm sure those with children would be especially interested.
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