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Dear Santa, all we want for Christmas is...

Ho ho ho! It's that time of year again when children around the world start thinking about writing their letter to Santa Claus and wondering when Rudolph and Santa will land at their home with all their gifts. If you haven't sent your letter yet, we would remind you that it is always a good idea to write a Christmas wish list that will make Santa and his elves smile — they have been busy with Christmas preparations over the past few weeks — and maybe even lead to some amazing Christmas gifts.

With 2013 coming to a close, it is also a time for us to look back, cheer and reflect on Taiwan's 2013. At the same time, we should look ahead and plan what we wish for Taiwan over the forthcoming 12 months in an open letter to Santa. We are not too greedy so we only have a few requests!

Dear Santa, we know that you are extremely busy at the North Pole at the moment, making sure all your presents, including ours, are ready and wrapped for Christmas Eve. If you are planning to give away any Made-in-Taiwan foodstuff, however, we need to remind you to be extremely careful with local products due to several ongoing food scandals across the island. The food scares have been going on from the start of this year and while the government said it is doing everything it can to prevent similar cases, we have lost our confidence in Taiwanese food manufacturers. From cooking oil to milk and rice, nothing is safe here anymore, so our first wish would be that the government continually updates its inspection techniques and puts more efforts into prevention. “Caution is the eldest son of wisdom,” said Victor Hugo, meaning that we must fight against impulse and whim to give more consideration into our decisions. In the meantime, Santa, please help us make our food safer by bringing more of Hugo's books to our decision makers.

We wish this advice would also apply to leaders from our former diplomatic ally, The Gambia, which cut official diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Nov. 14. without prior notice. After 18 years of partnership, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh terminated our relationship for some vague reasons related to his (people's) strategic interest. Although it is perhaps time to pause and give more considerations to the country's “flexible diplomacy” policy, we also hope that you (Santa) can remind us in the future of this diplomatic fiasco when the next generation of leaders from both countries asks us to endorse their plans for a new “strategic partnership.”

December 18, 2013    kingsolomon@
We also wish that the EPA would do its job Honestly and with Diligence to prevent any more pollutants on the land, rivers and the air in Taiwan. The people in Taiwan have more cancers and kidney problems percentage wise to its population, causing untold sufferings to the people and gobbling up the National Health Insurance funds which are a big burden to the income of the citizens who have to put up with the almost yearly increase in its premiums.
December 19, 2013    sdoell@
@kingsolomon: I agree.

This is an issue that never seems to hit home. Is it business interests that lull the government and its agencies into submission with political donations and/or kickbacks? Is it the fact that the pollution levels are already out of control and no one in government wants to be held accountable during their term? It is probably a bit of both.
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