Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 10, 2016)
1.During her congratulatory address, President Park Geun-hye said ‘encouraging public hostility with criticism and conflicts without alternatives puts the nation and people at stake.’ She also added that deploying THAAD is aimed at protecting the public against North Korea’s rising nuclear missile threats.
Yes, that is exactly what I am talking about. Why did she create public hostility and conflicts without alternatives by deploying THAAAD in Seongju, Gyeongsang Province?
2. Amid low birth rate, the number of elementary students decreases nationwide, but Jeju Province saw an increase. As population influx to Jeju from other cities has grown, 4,000 are expected to move to the island by 2021.
Providing a good environment may resolve low birth rate and population reduction issue. Easier said than done.
3. The Korean government made clear that a reform of the current cumulative scheme on power energy is unlikely to reduce the burden of heavy bills. The government said that the reform might transform into a system that the rich pays less tax as the low-use group is likely to pay more bills than the high-use group.
I did not know that the government worries about wealthy people’s paying less tax. Only rich people should be allowed to buy air conditioners then.
4. The number of abandoned pets increases during summer holidays. Of all the pets, about 20% are abandoned during July and August. Even if they are rescued, most of the animals are euthanized after ten days.
It would be plausible if the mother of Choi Yeo-jin, the Korean actress, made vulgar comments on the owners of abandoned dogs, rather than on Olympic gold medalist Ki Bo-bae.