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Jan. 07, 2013 @ 10:55 PM

Banning guns is not the answer

New York City Mayor Bloomberg says that 45,000 people will die in the next four years, "if Obama doesn't do something" about gun control.

What about the 64,000 people who will die because of drunk drivers in that time? Drunk driving is banned (illegal). That does not help the people who die by drunk drivers. Should he outlaw it so drivers cannot get drunk? Think about it!

Gregory R. Jimison

Ona

More to Mexico than you know

I just returned from a trip to Mexico, where I visited friends I've known for 22 years. I attended high school there from 1990-91 and have returned semiannually since. Whenever I go, my Mexican friends speak with interest about the United States. They express excitement about the latest films and music, and sometimes concern over politics and the violence here, but overall are open-minded.

However, when I return, without fail I have always heard denunciations of Mexico from Americans who only know Mexico from U.S. media and entertainment. I write this letter to ask those Americans if they can honestly say they know Mexico from legitimate sources. This should go without saying, but not only is the violence in Mexico today comparable to the U.S. in the 1980s (under the law and order president, Ronald Reagan), but Mexicans are also so much more educated, adventurous, creative, spontaneous, family-oriented, energetic, skilled and loving than we know.

Americans use words like "horrible," "dirty," "violent" to describe Mexico, but those of us who have opened our hearts to Mexico understand that the negative images are a small fraction of reality, and the real Mexico is enough to keep us going back.

Chris White

Barboursville

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