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Dear Editor,

I was surprised to read in this week’s Pattaya Mail (March 14) of the disparity between: ‘Funding shortfall blocks move to bury utility cables on Third Road’ and ‘Shamrocks ready for St Patrick’s Day parade March 17′. The surprise is that the parade is being funded by City Hall to the tune of 2 million baht, and yet there’s no money to pay for this vital work on Third Road.

Is the parade likely to generate lots of tourist-generated income (I know I won’t be there waving my little green flag) from people eating and drinking more than usual?

Also, City Hall could save money if all street lights were turned off at 6 a.m. If I, as a severely sight impaired person, can see to find my way around at first light without help from street lights, then surely fully sighted people can do the same? Street lights were still burning on Jomtien’s Soi 11 up to 7 a.m. today.

Philip Fletcher