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Begging to differ on driving cultures


I feel compelled to write you about the piece you did on Monday, Nov. 6 titled “Injured victims left untouched.”
The question was, do Korean drivers give way to emergency vehicles? You said they are supposed to, but some don’t. You write it doesn’t mean that every driver is going to follow the rules, which is true in all countries.
That is true, all drivers don’t follow the rules in all countries.
However, as a Canadian who lived in Canada for 30 years, the United States for 6 years, and in Korea 11 years, I can tell you with 100% certainty that every car in the first two countries gets out of the way when an ambulance or fire engine comes along. However, in Korea, many drivers do not pull over at all.
For you to imply that drivers in other countries also don’t pull over is totally false. The driving culture in Korea cannot be compared to developed nations yet, and that includes letting emergency vehicles pass.
Please check carefully before you make blanket statements lumping all nations with Korea as ones which don’t obey rules for emergency vehicles. That is not honest journalism.
Mark Dake, Seoul

School heads and bad examples
I write this letter to ask for advice and maybe publication. I’m a teacher at a school in the Anseong area, Gyeonggi province. The school keeps dogs, ducks and rabbits in cages.
After a dog had two puppies, the animals were left without food and water on weekends.
Even during the week, they don’t get food or water.
I did speak to the deputy principal, head of the department and some teachers about it on numerous occasions. They thank me, feed the animals, then just leave them again without food for the next couple of days.
This negligence should not be tolerated. I don’t know where else to ask for help because of the language problem. Personally, I feel the top officials of this school should be fined and fired. They don’t show any leadership and definitely have no initiative, nor humanity.
Petrus Coetzee
Anseong, Gyeonggi province
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