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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkEditorials | Opinions | May 2009 

Enjoy Your Travel, But Do Not Sell the USA Short
email this pageprint this pageemail usA Letter to the Editor from John Patterson

I'm guessing Ms. Ellerbee is actually quite content knowing she has spent her life prospering in the USA and now is able to move freely to other countries enjoying their customs and climates.
Glad to see yet another USA citizen has discovered the peace and tranquility of Banderas Bay, much less someone with celebrity from the USA media, Ms. Ellerbee. What upsets me about her article (Mexico: One Journalist’s View) is her insinuation that the USA's appetite for drugs and appetite to sell arms is the root cause for the border violence.

The purchasing power of USA citizens is a direct result of the USA's robust economy - the fact we border a less robust economy fuels the desire for this illegal activity - an illegal luxury item for USA citizens and illegal wealth for the sellers.....and then vice-versa for the arms trade going the other direction (money from illegal narcotics.)

I'm guessing Ms. Ellerbee is actually quite content knowing she has spent her life prospering in the USA and now is able to move freely to other countries enjoying their customs and climates. I too travel with my wife and friends annually to Banderas Bay; even pondering the thought of one day spending multiple months there, but at no point will I ever deny the great opportunities that have been provided for me here in the USA.

Yes, I agree with Linda on all her comments regarding the people and culture she has experienced in Mexico, and to me those same comments apply equally to my neighborhood here in MN. Please, enjoy your travel, but do not sell the USA short.
- John Patterson, Deerwood, MN



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