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  • OPINION

    Face the dirty truth

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/08/2019

    » I am writing about a recent report on the decline in tourism to Phuket. Perhaps the Thai government and the Thai people don't want to face the facts.

  • OPINION

    Why do we need conscripts?

    News, Postbag, Published on 03/03/2019

    » Re: "Conscription call 'to make army better'", (BP, March 1). Why does the army need conscripts? Definitely not to clean for some general or in fact any superior officer. As one general said, we have remote-controlled drones which can be fitted with cameras to guard the borders. A few of the drones can cover a large area without putting any lives at risk, and can also pinpoint where the enemy is. Something for the army to think about.

  • OPINION

    2018: The rescue that gripped the world

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/12/2018

    » It ended up as a truly inspiring feel-good story, but could so easily have been a heart-breaking tragedy. That was why the tale of the Wild Boars football team -- 12 young Thai boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave system in Chiang Rai -- held the attention of the world for more than a fortnight.

  • OPINION

    Nothing wrong in being distracted

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 21/01/2018

    » Earlier this month in PostScript there was a reference to "distracted walkers", a term for those people who bump into you on the street or the BTS because they have their noses buried in their smartphones.

  • OPINION

    Backward thinking

    News, Postbag, Published on 25/09/2016

    » It's "rear-end backwards" time again in Thailand. While the rest of the world enjoyed the Thai tourism video made with khon figures, including the Thai community here in California, only the Thais in Thailand complained. Oh ye of narrow vision and little faith. Wake up and see Thailand for what it really is, and how it is perceived, certainly not a country of only beautiful beaches and temples.

  • OPINION

    Lady Plods in charge at the cop shop

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/04/2016

    » Good news for the Lady Plods. Last Sunday, the Post reported that for the first time in Thailand, a trio of policewomen could soon become police station chiefs. This is not before time. The three ladies in question are police colonels, academically qualified and have worked many years as inquiry officers. They can definitely look after themselves.

  • OPINION

    Of me, my wellness and ThaiHealth

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/01/2016

    » The name "ThaiHealth" (Thai Health Foundation), a public organisation well oiled by "sin taxes" from cigarettes and alcohol companies, has become the talk of the town. The glare of the spotlight came early this month when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha invoked Section 44 of the interim charter to sack seven of its board members for alleged "conflicts of interest".

  • OPINION

    Bangkok -- what a waste of space

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 06/10/2015

    » This "Urban October" should have us all rethinking the future of Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    Take Thainess with a grain of salt

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 19/01/2015

    » The main intersections of downtown Bangkok were once again closed to traffic and packed with crowds last week, but it had nothing to do with political protests. We were just being encouraged by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to "discover" our "Thainess" with an elaborate procession of decorated floats replete with dancers and literary tableaux. 

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