LETTERS and stupid as it probably has been illegal. ⇑⇓STOP ASS-KISSING THAT SHITHOLE Stop ass-kissing Mexico. I bet you're the only ones with an impounded boat who keeps saying how great that shithole country is right now. Tom Coulombe San Diego
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Tom — We've been quoted in the news media from Mexico to India saying how moronic and self-destructive AGACE's actions have been, and have written countless articles calling the Mexican government on the carpet for it. You call that ass kissing? As the overwhelming majority of people who have cruised Mexico will affir m, that country is anything but a shithole. For starters, the Mexicans are among the nicest people in the world. Second, there is wonderful diversity in places to cruise, An AGACE ofﬁcial at Marina Riviera Nayarit from tropical Zihua explains to a boatowner that his boat was to the desert shores minutes away from being liberated. of the Sea of Cortez. Thirdly, up until the AGACE screw-up, the government helped make Mexico one of the easiest and least expensive places to cruise. What's happened has been very bad and there is no excuse for it, but the same thing can be said for many things the U.S. has done. ⇑⇓WHAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE SAID Another quick thanks for your articles on the impoundment situation in Mexico. I am bound for the Baja Naval Boatyard in Ensenada at the end of the month. I think. I especially like the part of the January 29 'Lectronic article on the impounded boats, when you wrote what Mexican President Peña Nieto "should have said" to foreign boat owners. I am hopeful that your words will be found useful by the Mexican government. I have found that this strategy — responding not to what was said/done, but what should have been said (and sometimes describing what was expected or hoped for) — is an excellent way to avoid conflict and get to resolution. So I hope it works here. Let me give an example of what I'm talking about. Recently I was rear-ended. The other guy came out of his car angry and shouting, and began to aggressively accost me. I said to him, "I think what you mean is that I stopped very suddenly and you were unable to stop. And even though you don't appear to be injured, the accident scared you and the damage to your car is serious. But maybe if you looked up ahead you would see the child that ran into the street in front of me." (I really did say this — I've been practicing!) Anyway, the situation was defused, and the other driver allowed that he maybe reacted out of fear, and too quickly and too aggressively. But after I recognized why he responded the way he did, and explained why I behaved the way I did, we were able to calmly carry on. Would that the Mexican government follows your very rational suggestions of what they should do — and does it! John Griffith
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