I have seen the changes in Tijuana, and you have not recognized them nor done anything constructive in your hit piece on the area. I truly believe this is more political than practical.

Max Katz
via email

We’ve Got More Guns

About Tijuana: we could not obtain affordable dental service in San Diego, so we went to Dr. Erico Carreño in Tijuana (listed in the Reader’s Baja beauty and health directory). As our dental work requires being in Tijuana very often, we have gotten to see another side of Tijuana not reported by the Reader.

We have never met anyone who is impolite or unhelpful.

We feel safer in Tijuana than on some parts of El Cajon Boulevard, with its drugs, guns, and prostitution. Certainly we feel safer there than in some U.S. schools, where there are student shootings and killings. In some San Diego high schools shooting classes are held, all guns supplied by the United States, as they are to the Mexican trade.

The most violent nation in the world is the United States — not Mexico.

As an aside, Tijuana has some of the finest hotels, coffeehouses, music lounges, restaurants, and shopping areas. It has wonderfully affordable medical clinics, health resorts, and spas, such as Las Rocas and Sanoviv in Rosarito, La Puerto in Tecate, and Thermal Waters Spa, Tijuana.

We have found reasonably priced tailors who do not charge two dollars to sew on a button as they do in San Diego.

Where else but in Tijuana can you ride a local bus and have someone serenade you with a guitar and song?

Where else can you sit at a taco street counter and have mariachi street bands perform music to cheer the heart?

Unfortunately, the Reader has been portraying Tijuana and Mexicans as extremely dangerous and degenerate. Do you think the Reader might balance your Mexican reportage by giving a more realistic picture of a nation rich in history and culture whose contributions to civilization were anything but guns and shooting?

Clyde Peston
University Heights

Get Me Out Of Here

In regards to the April 2 article “Mommy, Why Are They Shooting at Us Again?” Well, it made me sick! Just that day (April 2), a man murdered 13 people and then himself. How many times has that happened in the good ol’ U.S.A.?

The Mexicans get their guns from this country. It’s so easy here. I’ve always hated Mexico. I think of it as one of the most ignorant, crooked, filthiest, etc., countries in this world. And this country is becoming just like them. The very rich, selfish, and greedy, and then the poor. Pretty soon we will have cardboard shacks all over our hillsides. Oh, but it might be against the law here.

Thank God for that Second Amendment. Here somebody stressed out, who’s lost their job, has a mind disease, etc., well, they can always get a gun and kill, kill, kill. The drug war, well, Mexicans love drugs. Maybe it is something in the male Mexican’s DNA. Here we have the hicks, Republicans (disturbed), and a lot of brain-dead people (mostly men, of course). And these people who buy guns for protection and safety, nine times out of ten, the gun is never used in self-defense! Man kills wife. Man kills wife and children. Child kills parents. Human hunting.

We have no business as usual getting involved in any problems in Mexico. Let them kill themselves off. Maybe soon they’ll get smarter, better at thinking. Then even the poor will have a massive protest against their crippling government. They have a real lack of human rights, worse than China and all these other countries that the rich or the celebs get involved in. Maybe they ought to get off their loaded butts and protest against the Second Amendment. Maybe the government should offer financial rewards to all those who turn in their guns. Or give them a bow and arrow, possibly even a knife, a sword. Also maybe all those rich and/or famous should start protesting for human rights in Mexico. Then the Mexicans could stay in their own country.

Meanwhile, would someone please send me a one-way ticket to one of those intelligent countries in Europe? I hate guns, and I hate people who like them. More people die from a gunshot than an overdose of drugs in this sick country.

Kathleen Steeley

Boots On The Border

In response to D.S.’s “Leaning Lame Leaders” (Letters, April 9): What movie are you watching? Military personnel numbers may have grown a bit recently thanks to extra reenlistment bonuses, but to think they have enough men, women, and resources to secure a 1962-mile border is ludicrous — that’s over eight times the Berlin Wall and Korean Armistice Line combined. Think about it. ¡Mucha tierra!

And that’s not even the real issue. Even if we resurrected Alexander the Great and made it happen, the border was arguably an area of militarization from the late ’70s to the early ’90s in the form of the “low-intensity conflict” doctrine developed in the ’80s as a way of combating perceived foreign threats to U.S. national security, i.e., revolutionary insurgencies in Central America, and was applied in the border region by military equipment and training. For example, by 1988 all nine border sectors were equipped with 22 OH-6 spotter-observation helicopters loaned or donated by the Army. Also in the late ’80s, the Border Patrol gained access to military-issued M-14s and M-16s. And by 1990, the military became directly involved by the inception of Joint Task Force 6 (JTF6) as part of Bush’s National Drug Control Strategy. Marking the first time active military personnel from all branches worked on the ground with local law enforcement in the border regions, JTF6’s area of operation included a 50-mile-wide corridor running its entire length. From 1990 to 1992, it is estimated they ran approximately 775 missions. Was illegal immigration and drug smuggling thwarted back then? Ask my gardener; I can’t remember.

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julieinthetulies April 19, 2009 @ 12:43 p.m.

As a fellow Vegan I'd like to respond to Erin's letter (April 15, 2009) The Peaceful Vegan. Erin you weakened your whole piece by writing: "I actively choose not to judge people based on really insignificant things like what they eat..." Erin why are you a Vegan? There is NO insignificant reason for choosing a Vegan lifestyle! Either you do it for the great health benefits, and/or you do it as a protest against the truly abysmal treatment (read torture) of animals used in food production. Both of these reasons are significant! Because we Vegans are outnumbered it's important we make it clear we do it for good reasons. If people are uncomfortable with us where food is being served. It's their problem! This doesn't make us "judgemental" of them. They are where they are, we are where we are. I'd rather be where you and I are Erin.

Julie San Marcos


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