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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?
 
In university, I was pretty clueless when doing compulsory reading on the "Beijing Declaration," as the texts were pretty advanced; discussions on contrasting views of the declaration were full of specialist terms, insider references and difficult concepts.
 
With Saturday's uncontested election, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu is set to succeed President Ma Ying-jeou as the next chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT). Shouldering the heavy burden of reforming his party after its humiliating electoral defeat last November, Mr. Chu has called for amending the constitution to adopt a parliamentary system.
 
Former Interior Minister Lee's advice to Mayor Ko (local news Saturday) is very wise. No one likes to be humiliated.
 
Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) suffered a landslide defeat in local elections last week on Nov. 29. The results prompted the resignation of the premier and the president's stepping down as KMT chairman, leaving the party gravely weakened before the presidential election in 2016.
 
After running a successful campaign for Taipei mayor, the Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) now has to learn how to govern. As is to be expected for a political outsider, Ko now faces the challenging tasks of having to build a coterie of deputies in his government and rallying support in the city's legislature on the one hand, while maintaining his lofty promise of independence from political parties on the other.
 
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