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After reading the editorial regarding the Sunflower Movement, I feel compelled to put my two cents in. How many times have we heard "Sonny, we are so proud of you!
 
Since winning the election at the end of 2014, the nonpartisan politician and now Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has always attracted public attention. Here comes the question: There are and have been hundreds of mayors in every part of Taiwan, so why is Ko singled out all the time? Above all, certain words in his speeches are as if "under the sun;" closely watched by Taiwanese media.
 
Based on the fact that every single person tells lies, can we really believe what the suspect declares? On March 9, a crime took place in the southern part of Taiwan when an unnamed female university student was brutally killed and her corpse was allegedly burned by the suspect surnamed Wang.
 
The news of a series of gas explosions shocked Kaohsiung citizens last year. The blasts killed 32 people and led to serious damage. People who live in that area are paying a lot of attention to the government's response.
 
Kaohsiung citizens, have you ever been warned about the poor air quality? I think most of us would answer yes to this question, but how many of us have really taken this issue into consideration?
 
In recent years, the global climate has changed a lot. It has become unpredictable and extreme. I have seen a report about the impact of extreme climate change on Taiwan. Taiwan was one of the first countries to be damaged by extreme climate change. Therefore, when I saw this report, I was afraid that the poor air quality would harm our respiratory system. Not only our health would be affected but the coarse air would make a driver's vision blurred. It is very dangerous. Recently when I went out, I could feel that the air was not fresh and it made me uncomfortable.
 
Not too long ago, I read an article about foreign college students not being worth the cost. To give some background information, a school head from National Sun Yat-sen University said that these students cost the government a lot of money, and that they (we) aren't worth it. The figures given were at least NT$300,000 for public school students, and at least NT$150,000 for private school students.
 
Speaking of the policy used to encourage local citizens and international backpackers to have a more in-depth and individual means of travel, the first idea that came to my mind was the YouBike in Taipei City, which is free for the first 30 minutes. However, the Taipei government has decided to scrap its policy of not charging for the first 30 minutes of rides using the city's popular bicycle rental system.
 
Asian culture has always been taking morality as a really important role in either traditional or modern society since Asian parents always teach their children to respect others; however, during the process of keeping oneself being moral, we often forget to be brave enough to express our own opinions, because we are afraid that someone might get embarrassed, or even angry.
 
This letter is in response to the recent article discussing the Taipei MRT killer's sentence. Can a person die four times?
 
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