Letters to the Editor

March 21, 2016 Edition

Editor,

Why do you do this to us? You tell us Aguas! Aguas! means look out! Look out! in your article about the La Paz triathalon, but then you say you don’t know why or where that expression originated. You’re a newspaper, and it’s your job to find out why. Don’t leave us hanging, I think you owe it to us to explain.

Jim Kane

Detroit, Mi

 

Oh gosh, now we’re taking assignments from the peanut gallery in Detroit. You can’t even run your city and now you’re telling us how to run a newspaper? All right, we got off our ass and looked it up for you, and here it is.

In colonial times the sewer system was not common in all households, so most people would get rid of their used water by throwing it from their balcony onto the street. This water was pretty unpleasant, as it was used to wash dishes, clothes and other objects, such as those used for physiological needs if you catch our drift.

The polite thing to do was before giving the old heave ho, the person heaving and hoing shouted water! to alert passers by to quickly deploy their umbrella or quickly run out onto the street into traffic.

Over time, this expression was popularized to prevent almost any situation. Now, are you satisfied?

Editor

 

Editor,

I am not sure who wrote (about the Chinamen arriving here) but it is pretty offensive and would not be appreciated by your new tourists here in the Baja. Offensive and insulting. Who are you referring to that (you) call them “chinamen”. When was the last time you heard this term used? If it was meant to be humorous - it was not clever so therefore it failed badly. Can you imagine writing about the Arabs or Israelis or Japanese in the same derogatory way?

You then express...that you would prefer the British instead of the Chinese? The whole thing has a tone of racism that I hope was not intended. I wonder if there needs to be an apology or a retraction.

Yours sincerely

Beverley Kort

Zacatitos

 

Dear Ms. Kort,

Thank you for a nicely written letter, and taking the time to write it. I do appreciate it. I take responsibility for writing the piece that offended you. I was sort of trying to be funny, not entirely. I did know of course, that it would offend some people.

Actually, we do write about the Arabs and Japanese in an offensive way, and of course we do get some angry reaction. Israelis, no, because they are perceived to be the underdog and even I know where I dare not go. (Most of the time).

But for each letter such as yours, we pick up dozens more fans who are really tired of political correctness. That is my campaign: Political correctness and how it is out of control.

You may be interested in my next column we’re publishing, as it addresses the issue of racism, and how it is perceived in regards to the relationship between Mexicans and Americans/Canadians. I think you may like it and feel maybe a little better about the attitude of the GG. I hope so. I would be interested in your comments on it.

Again, thank you for writing,

Kindly,

Carrie Duncan

Publisher, Gringo Gazette

 

Editor,

We have been spending more and more time in the Baja over the past 10 years and have enjoyed the many improvements that have been made.

However, one thing that has grown steadily worse is the traffic in San Jose. It has become increasingly dangerous to cross the street due to several factors - the general speed of vehicles and the failure by most drivers to observe pedestrians’ rights at crossings and driveways. Frequently, parked vehicles block the crossings and, even worse, too often drivers actually pass other vehicles that have slowed or stopped to allow pedestrians to cross at crosswalks. This is really dangerous, particularly for tourists who expect drivers to observe crosswalk rules.

Before a visitor gets seriously injured or worse, the local police should enforce speed controls and crossing violations. As well, city council should consider lowering the speed limits in the hotel zones, clearly indicating these limits with signs and road markings, inserting topes and more raised crosswalks like the ones near the Mega on the Paseo and the Cabo Azul on Hotel Row.

Visitors are the basis of the Baja economy and their safety should be of more concern to the authorities and to all drivers in the hotel area

 

Michael Egan

Via email