Thu, Oct 25, 2012 - Page 8

The great game

It all falls into place. Make a country dependent on another country for its food supply, and this country has the power to blackmail the other country into support for unification.

All the signs are there: President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is doing nothing else than preparing for unification.

The Democratic Progressive Party, by means of former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), is copying the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). The crap that comes from his mouth is shameful.

What is the Taiwan Solidarity Union going to do?

Gerry Floor


Greater Taichung

Safety over style

I find the initiative that the Taipei City government started with the bike rental scheme to be an excellent idea.

However, after seeing a number of riders zoom to and fro, I noticed that practically all of them do not wear helmets. I find it astounding that the proper authorities have failed to address this issue.

Moreover, it is kind of sad that while riding around in the city I see most foreign cyclists donning helmets, while the locals cruise around as if they are in a village. I am not claiming that foreigners are smarter, but I feel that perhaps in other countries there is a better cycling culture where safety trumps inconvenience.

Why does the government not attach helmets to all bicycles and enforce a rule stating that wearing a helmet while cycling is mandatory? They can even start fining offenders as a way to bring about a better understanding of cycling safety.

Harry Adamopoulos

Taipei City