Last week, Việt Nam News asked its readers about a proposal of a ban on sales of liquor and beer after 10pm, aiming to reduce the negative impacts of drinking. Here are some of their ideas: Andrew Burden, Canadian in Hà Nội Late night drinking cannot be solved by locking the fridge at 10pm. Sales will go underground. People will start home brewing. It's counterintuitive, but you should open up 24/7. CNN just reported about a 'night mayor' (as opposed to nightmare) in Amsterdam. The idea is he goes around with uniformed volunteers, acting as dad, friend, and unofficial tour guide. He and his volunteers help people into taxis and step between rowdy drunks ready to fight. Of course no one should get drunk, but when you have one drink, your thinking becomes fuzzy and it's easy to order another, then another. It's really up to the bar to cut you off. Maybe by midnight there should be low alcohol-content drinks or drinking-with-food orders only? When I was a young buck, I came up with … [Read more...] about Ban on late-night alcohol sales: what’s your say?
Do we need more golf courses? we asked last week. In a country where agriculture is crucial and those who can afford to play golf are few, do golf courses benefit the economy and the people? And what about those who can afford to play? Do you think farmland should be sacrificed for pleasure? This is what our readers think: Dr Walter Molt, Ha Noi. Japan has one golf course for 52,000 people; Germany one for 121,000. Ha Noi with 18 golf courses will have one for 335,000. The agricultural land of Viet Nam's two deltas are definitely among the world's most heavily populated and one must wonder about the priorities. The number of well-to-do people is certainly much, much smaller in Viet Nam than in Germany or Japan. Perhaps the golf investors obtained the land too cheap? Perhaps their appetite for land among the population is bigger than the enthusiasm for golf? There appears to be an imbalance between the needs of the poor and the desires of the rich. Douglas Toidy, Malaysian, Vung Tau I … [Read more...] about Your say: Proliferation of golf courses in Viet Nam should come to an end
Your say (15-02-2008) The spring festival is the most important celebration of the year in Viet Nam. Expatriates and visitors share with Viet Nam News their Lunar New Year experiences. David Frogier, Germany This is the second time I have had the chance to celebrate Tet in Viet Nam. This year I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the holiday with a Vietnamese family - so I experienced Tet first hand. Although spending time with the family is central to the celebrations, I had the impression that for most Vietnamese families it's not a relaxing time at all. From dawn till dusk they are taking care of visitors, serving them all kinds of food and drink. I was quite impressed with the way people had managed to buy enough food and drink to last the whole week. In Europe, Christmas celebrations only last three days, but that is enough to fill up people's fridges. I'm very fond of the traditions surrounding Tet, such as the significance of the house altar and the worshipping of … [Read more...] about Your say (15-02-2008)
Your say (10-05-2008) Blame and solutions for rising food costs Sunil B., Indian tourist In India we still talk proudly about our Green Revolution. In the 1960s, India could scarcely feed itself. Then our farmers were given varieties of basic grains that had much higher yields, developed by international scientists, including the famous "Miracle Rice." India went from importing rice and wheat to being a major exporter, and the price of these staples kept dropping. Now India has the same jitters you're talking about here - we imported wheat this year for the first time in decades. Prices are rising again, even, as you said, in places like Viet Nam where there are no shortages because we're in a globalised economy. Also for that reason, the scale of the factors at work that you listed - population, less land, fuel costs, global warming - means that no amount of rice we grow will fix the problem, at least in Asia. The answer has to do with what we're starting in my home state … [Read more...] about Your say
Your say (28-07-2008) This week: The Vietnamese Government has just decided to increase the petrol price by 30 per cent. This was the highest so far, which surprised many people. Many say that the Government should not have made the decision in such a sudden way and that the price should have been raised gradually. They complain that the unexpected oil and petrol price surge will lead to the increase of other commodities' prices, which negatively affects their lives. Along with the decision, the Government also called on people to conserve fuel. What measures do you think should be taken to save on fuel? In what aspects could the increase have a positive effect on people's lives? [email protected] fax: 84 4 9332311 post: The Editor, Viet Nam News, 11 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ha Noi, no later than the morning of Thursday, July 31. … [Read more...] about Your say (28-07-2008)