Greater Taichung mayor reflects on society at retreat

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 - Page 3

The Taichung Buddhist Retreat yesterday invited Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) to be its spokesperson for its yearly Nov. 18 Day of Goodwill.

Talking at the retreat, Hu shared some thoughts that he and his wife, Shao Hsiao-ling (邵曉鈴), had written beforehand: “The goodness in people’s hearts has made Greater Taichung even better,” and “To be a good person, to do good things, sow kindness and kindness you shall reap.”

Hu also shared a story about when he attended an event in what was formerly Taichung County two years ago and was told by a physically disabled person that many taxi drivers avoid picking up people in wheelchairs.

That makes a lot of the physically challenged people stay home, the person said.

Hu said he decided then that if he was elected mayor of Greater Taichung, he would try his best to give the residents of the former Taichung County access to 100 buses that would be suitable for physically handicapped people.

There were people who said it could not be done, but thanks to the goodness in people’s hearts, the goal was attainable, Hu said.

Hu also praised the city’s schools for their willingness to provide vegetables for children’s school lunch once a week.

The city government started promoting the voluntary policy last year, Hu said, adding that only half a year later, 92 percent of schools within Greater Taichung had implemented the policy.