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Obituary- December 08, 2018

Obituary- December 08, 2018

Longtime Chapala resident Paul J. Dupont died November 25 at the age of 85 while...

Mexican Lifestyles

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Expat Living

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Columns

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Have a little faith

Have a little faith

I’m as cynical at the next person when it comes to trusting politicians to...

Arts & Entertainment

Upcoming metro-area events

6 DAYS AGO
Upcoming  metro-area events

Art Festival

The American School Art Fest 2018, which takes place Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature a performance by Circo Dragon,  a well-known local circus arts group.

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Entertainment Guide - December 08, 2018

6 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - December 08, 2018

Monday concerts

Talented local musicians of different genres are showcased each Monday.

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Lakeside Little Theatre season opener ‘Noises Off’ dishes up a bellyful of laughs

6 DAYS AGO
Lakeside Little Theatre season opener  ‘Noises Off’ dishes up a bellyful of laughs

On Saturday, December 1, I got to watch Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” at Ajijic’s Lakeside Little Theatre, directed by Dave McIntosh and assisted by Ann Swinston.

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Community Orchestra prepares first concert

13 DAYS AGO
Community Orchestra prepares first concert

The inaugural concert of the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra takes place Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m. at The Spotlight Club in San Antonio.

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Rivera Arts Review - December 08, 2018

6 DAYS AGO
Rivera Arts Review - December 08, 2018

Classical guitar concert

The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo offers a guitar recital by Erik Gonzalez Saturday, December 8, 6 p.m.  He will perform Christmas carols and other music. Entrance: 100 pesos.

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Ribera Arts Review - December 01, 2018

13 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - December 01, 2018

‘Noises Off’

Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) presents “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn and directed by Dave McIntosh, running currently through December 9.

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At the Movies - December 08, 2018

6 DAYS AGO

Roma

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

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At the Movies - November 24, 2018

20 DAYS AGO

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Six years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph”, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure. D

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Columns

How to quell a killer-bee attack: BeeAlert available in Mexico

6 DAYS AGO
How to quell a killer-bee attack: BeeAlert available in Mexico

Mention the words “ataque de abejas” (bee attack) to anyone living in rural Mexico and for the next half hour you will surely be regaled with story after story about relatives and friends whose brush with bees ended either miraculously well or tragically bad.

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Are dog packs exterminating Primavera Forest’s wildlife?

13 DAYS AGO
Are dog packs exterminating Primavera Forest’s wildlife?

The construction of the Macrolibramiento (Guadalajara’s outer ring road) was presented to the public as a way of reducing traffic through the metropolitan area by forcing semis, trucks and buses to bypass the city.

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Spanish, mental black holes, planting milpas, heat & other local adventures

4 MONTHS AGO

This column was first published June 21, 1997.

Spending time in Mexico means learning Spanish — if you want that time to have much significance.

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Ancient ritual at Las Trojes, a highland lakeside town, splices time together with simple drama

7 MONTHS AGO
Ancient ritual at Las Trojes, a highland lakeside town, splices time together with simple drama

This column was first published in the April 9, 1988 edition of this newspaper.

Just behind the high ochre ridge that slices the northern horizon at the west end of Lake Chapala lie two small villages, the remnants of a once vast hacienda.

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More email link blues

6 DAYS AGO

Regular readers of this column already know that my advice is to never ever click on links in emails, and here comes just one more example why.

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Kids hack US voting machines with ease

1 MONTHS AGO

In a few short days citizens of the United States go to the polls to vote in national elections, so this event provides a convenient segue for me to write this column on the subject of DEF CON 26.

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Librarian’s 30-year labor to preserve the printed word

20 DAYS AGO
Librarian’s 30-year labor to preserve the printed word

Sergio López Ruelas says he couldn’t have imagined his life if he hadn’t been a librarian. “When they asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always told them I wanted to work with books,” he told the Reporter this week. “It’s my calling, ...

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VIEWPOINT: AMLO & the ‘fifi’ press

2 MONTHS AGO
VIEWPOINT: AMLO & the ‘fifi’ press

He’s still two months away from his inauguration but Mexico’s quick-tempered president-elect has already been letting off some “Trump-like” steam regarding his feelings towards the media.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

2 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

2 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Have a little faith

6 DAYS AGO
Have a little faith

I’m as cynical at the next person when it comes to trusting politicians to make good on their promises.

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To tree or not to tree

13 DAYS AGO
To tree or not to tree

The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) is doing a fine job of organizing activities to foster cross-cultural understanding and help foreign immigrants successfully adapt to life in Mexico.

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Guadalajara as Silicon Valley south... and my ten alerts

6 DAYS AGO
Guadalajara as Silicon Valley south... and my ten alerts

We all know that software and cyber technology with all its magical twists, permutations and applications will be at the helm of taking us into the future.

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How to make Christmas even better for everybody

13 DAYS AGO
How to make Christmas even better for everybody

It’s time for my recommendations for Christmas. For all of our griping about how Christmas has changed from the days we were getting gifts of oranges, handkerchiefs, cufflinks, stockings and ties (and what man didn’t want a LOL Santa tie with his nose lighting up?), the truth is the yule...

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Expat Living

Noted local forensic scientist dies at age 92

13 DAYS AGO
Noted local forensic scientist dies at age 92

Pioneering Guadalajara forensic scientist Jesús Mario Rivas Souza, who carried out an astonishing 131,974 autopsies between 1953 and 2013, passed away November 27 at his Bugambilias home.He was 92 years old and succumbed to pneumonia.

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Holiday tradition observed

20 DAYS AGO
Holiday tradition observed

Thanksgiving dinner is served up Thursday at the American Society (Amsoc).

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City Living - March 4, 2017

1 YEAR AGO

‘Empty Bowls’ at American School

The American School’s fourth “Tazones Vacíos” (Empty Bowls) event on Thursday, March 6 seeks to raise funds for the Organización de Nutrición Infantil (ONI), a Guadalajara-based NGO whose mission is to prevent malnu...

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City Living - February 18, 2017

1 YEAR AGO
City Living - February 18, 2017

El Clasico: Chivas vs. America

Bars will be packed the evening of Saturday, February 18 as local soccer favorites Chivas take on their huge Mexico City rivals America in the game referred to as El Clasico. After six games of the season, Chivas are in fourth place in the 18-team table.  Kick of...

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Weekly Worship - December 08, 2018

6 DAYS AGO
Weekly Worship - December 08, 2018

Jewish Congregation

Shabbat Torah services are held the first and third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m., and Shabbat evening services and potluck every second and fourth Friday, 6 p.m., at the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation.

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Weekly Worship - December 01, 2018

13 DAYS AGO

HU Chant

Chanting HU, an ancient name for the Divine while in a contemplative state, is a simple technique to open your heart to greater happiness, love, inner peace and understanding. 

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Laguna Chapalac - December 08, 2018

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - December 08, 2018

US football classic

The 119th annual Army/Navy football game will be shown Saturday, December 8, at American Legion Post 7 Chapala.

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Laguna Chapalac - December 01, 2018

13 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - December 01, 2018

World AIDS Day

Ajijic Cares Foundation invites area residents to join them at the Amphitheater on Ajijic’s Malecon on World AIDS Day, Saturday, December 1, 5 p.m.

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Mascota-Vallarta road repaired and operational

5 MONTHS AGO

Ten months after work began, a 15-kilometer stretch of highway between Mascota and Puerto Vallarta has been repaired and is operational.

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Mango Festival returns to Puerto Vallarta

5 MONTHS AGO

The second-annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival is coming to the city’s lovely Lazaro Cardenas Park, Saturday, July 7, an event sure to gladden the hearts of those who can’t live without the sticky sweet fruit.

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North Banderas Beat - December 01, 2018

13 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - December 01, 2018

Cat tales

After several years at the La Cruz Sunday market offering cats and kittens for adoption, as well as selling cat-related items, Paraiso Felino, the no-kill cat shelter located in the inland town of San Juan de Abajo, is instead setting up a weekly booth in a new location.

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North Banderas Beat - November 17, 2018

27 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - November 17, 2018

Market report

The Bucerias Farmers’ Market, called Forever Spring, opened this year’s edition in a new location – the Bucerias Chedraui parking lot.

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La Manzanilla Memo - December 01, 2018

13 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - December 01, 2018

Revolution Day

Each year on November 20, the citizens of Mexico celebrate the day that was the beginning of a decade-long battle against a corrupt government, which had held power for 30 years and the controlling, upper-class land owners.

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La Manzanilla Memo - November 03, 2018

1 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - November 03, 2018

Willa

Once again, La Manzanilla has survived another sample of Mother Nature’s wrath. 

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 08, 2018

6 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 08, 2018

Groups

United for Barra meets Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. at the Sunset Bar.  This meeting is in Spanish, but volunteers will help with translations at its conclusion.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 24, 2018

20 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 24, 2018

Asian flavors

Meet Julio Cesar Bautista Rosas, owner and head chef at The Wok Place in Melaque – a new restaurant inspired by Vietnamese and Thai cuisine that uses fresh, local ingredients.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 08, 2018

6 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 08, 2018

Women’s Center

Outgoing Jalisco Governor Aristóteles Sandoval has opened a new facility to provide justice specifically to women in Puerto Vallarta and its outlying region.

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Puerto Vallarta’s crocodile hit squad

20 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta’s crocodile hit squad

Town hall meeting

The Federal Benefits Unit (Social Security Administration) at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara will be holding a town hall meeting for the Riviera Nayarit (Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas) community on Wednesday, November 28. An informational town meeti...

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Mexican Lifestyles

When to tip – and not to tip

1 YEAR AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

1 YEAR AGO
Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our August editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

6 MONTHS AGO
Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

Those keen to travel through Mexico’s glorious Copper Canyon in luxurious grandeur are now getting the opportunity thanks to the May 17 launch of the Chepe Express, a premium tourism concept that compliments the popular – but more modest – train ride, Ferromex’s Ferrocarril C...

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An Oaxaca food odyssey

7 MONTHS AGO
An Oaxaca food odyssey

If you read last week’s account of several days spent in Oaxaca City exposed to what a San Francisco-trained chef – Julio Aguilera of Oaxaca-cathedral-adjacent El Destilado – likes to sink his teeth into on the city’s wide spectrum of gustatory options, plus an account of his...

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Gosha’s: smart moves result in staying power

13 DAYS AGO
Gosha’s: smart moves result in staying power

The owner of Gosha’s has the personality for success – confident, positive and a determined customer pleaser.

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Xolo—exotic tastes from South America

2 MONTHS AGO
Xolo—exotic tastes from South America

Xolo, Ajijic’s new Latin American restaurant, is pronounced something like Scholo. If you can’t pronounce it, you may never be asked to find it.

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The US & Mexico: inextricably intertwined

3 MONTHS AGO

‘Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together’ by Andrew Selee.  New York: Public Affairs, 2018.

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Hogan

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Lake Chapala's Birds

9 MONTHS AGO
Lake Chapala's Birds

A recent photograph published in this newspaper of some 20 young students holding up this pamphlet, Aves del Lago de Chapala, at the reopening of the Alexander Humboldt bird watching trail in San Antonio Tlayacapan made us look into where the young ladies found their birding literature.

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

1 MONTHS AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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Moctezuma’s Revenge: part of the Mexican traveling experience

10 MONTHS AGO
Moctezuma’s Revenge: part of the Mexican traveling experience

If you’re new to Mexico and find yourself stricken by a tummy bug, you are not alone.

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News

Post- Christmas and New Year’s editions

6 DAYS AGO

This newspaper will close its offices Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1. Both days are official Federal holidays.

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Grenade attack targets US consulate in Guadalajara

10 DAYS AGO
Grenade attack targets US consulate in Guadalajara

A grenade attack on the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara on Friday evening may have been ordered by the leader of the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), Mexican newspaper are reporting.

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Love of Mexico & its people is key source of inspiration for Ajijic artist

6 DAYS AGO
Love of Mexico & its people is key source of inspiration for Ajijic artist

Pat Apt, who has lived at lakeside for 26 years, has been an artist all her life. While living in Maine, her dream was to be a full-time artist, which she realized she could do in Mexico.

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Diggers at work on Chapala Libramiento

6 DAYS AGO
Diggers at work on Chapala Libramiento

Motorists traveling the Libramiento bypass are alerted to take precautions while traveling in the vicinity of the Chapala Fire Department station where heavy machinery is carving out a rustic pathway to assure safe passage for students en route to nearby educational institutions.

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Canadian man dead after hotel fall

6 DAYS AGO

A 57-year-old Canadian man died after falling from the third floor balcony of the Decameron Hotel in Bucerias, Nayarit.

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UNESCO votes to safeguard Virgin of Zapopan tradition

13 DAYS AGO

On November 26, UNESCO representatives from 24 countries convened in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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Mexicans irked at honor for Trump’s son-in-law

13 DAYS AGO
Mexicans irked at honor for Trump’s son-in-law

In a move greeted with widespread incredulity in Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto has bestowed the Aztec Eagle Award on Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, for his role in securing a satisfactory resolution to the recent trilateral trade talks.

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New president sworn in December 1

13 DAYS AGO
New president sworn in December 1

“Emotion, uncertainty, hope and fear” was how one Guadalajara radio commentator summed up the mixed mood of the nation this week, just days before Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes the oath of office as the next president of Mexico.

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La Manzanilla Memo - November 17, 2018

27 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - November 17, 2018

‘Hi’ season

The populace of La Manzanilla is increasing each day. As winter residents arrive, there is wave of excitement rippling through the town.

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Airport upgrades to resume

1 MONTHS AGO

Pacific Airport Group (GAP), the operators of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, has announced a new series of infrastructure enhancements as part of their 2015-2019 Master Development Plan.

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New UK envoy takes charge

1 MONTHS AGO
New UK envoy takes charge

After a five-year posting, UK Ambassador to Mexico Duncan Taylor has left his role to hand over the task to Corin Robertson, whose last job was director at the National Security Secretariat in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

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Former US ambassador sticks knife into ‘chaotic’ Trump administration

1 MONTHS AGO
Former US ambassador sticks knife into ‘chaotic’ Trump administration

An October 20 New York Times editorial by Roberta S. Jacobson, the former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, casts light on the chaotic period of her term of office following Donald Trump’s accession to the presidency in January, 2017, a period when she admits she often had to “defend the indefe...

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The British Council marks a milestone

6 MONTHS AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

11 MONTHS AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituary- December 08, 2018

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary- December 08, 2018

Longtime Chapala resident Paul J. Dupont died November 25 at the age of 85 while undergoing treatment for cancer in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Obituary - December 01, 2018

13 DAYS AGO
Obituary - December 01, 2018

Robert Edward Lee

Lakeside resident Robert Edward Lee died November 23 at his home with family members in attendance.

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Charros’ pitcher’s amazing game

1 MONTHS AGO
Charros’ pitcher’s amazing game

Leftie pitcher Orlando Lara made history October 26, throwing the first no-hitter in the history of the Charros de Jalisco.

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Charros win home series opener

1 MONTHS AGO

A full house of enthusiastic fans turned up for the Charros de Jalisco baseball team’s home opener against the Venados de Mazatlan in the new season of the Mexican Pacific League last Saturday.

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VIEWPOINT: Did the migrant caravan scare work?

In my coterie of election-watching U.S. expats, there are admittedly zero Trump acolytes and only one or two who will own up to a smidgen of sympathy with his hot-button positions, for example, against immigration and abortion.

pg2But among this rather uniform group, reaction bubbling up after Tuesday ranged from depression (“How did we get so many extremists in our country?”) to near elation (“We finally put a two-body system back in place” and “Sending 100 women to Congress is a sea change”).

I suspect the depression was based on the hope that Trump’s election was a fluke and that now, in 2018, he would be put in his place. But the Democrats’ failure to dominate the Senate Tuesday and their loss of some high-profile races—Beto O’Rourke in Texas, who advocated for Dreamers and says the border “is not a threat…[but] an opportunity whether you measure it in trade or jobs or economic growth,” stood out as a tear jerker — signified to this bummed-out group that the election results were not a rebuke of the president and, therefore, gloom was in order.

Still, my own perhaps Pollyannish reaction, which landed me firmly in the happy camp, was due to two striking results early in the night. One was the long overdue slapdown of a Florida law, in place since the end of slavery when whites saw with a shock that blacks made up 60 percent of the state’s registered voters. This law had forbidden voting by people once convicted of a felony, including walking through a posted construction site and launching helium balloons. 

The other result Tuesday, just as marvelous, was the early defeat of Kris Kobach for governor of Kansas. Trump had come to Kansas to campaign for Kobach, his choice for the now-disbanded “voting fraud commission,” and the two guys joined forces denouncing an upcoming “invasion” by the ragged band of refugees that is struggling north across Mexico. But what really got my attention about Kobach was that he rides around in a Jeep with a machine gun mounted on back, marking him as one of those “many extremists in our country” who so depress my friends. 

Immigration is the second biggest issue among Americans. And the general, post-election sense among many U.S. expats here seems to be that Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade benefitted those Republicans who jumped on his anti-caravan caravan. 

“Trump whipped up a frenzy about immigration,” one local American lamented. “It helped Ted Cruz when Trump embraced him.” 

Bolstering that view, Trump himself has been pointing the finger at some Republicans who, he claims, lost because they spurned his embrace and refused to host one of the pre-election pep rallies he held around the country, in which he focused on the refugee caravan.

But in truth, the answer to whether Trump’s emphasis on the caravan worked is unclear. After all, there was Kobach’s loss to Democrat Laura Kelly, despite a huge bear hug from Trump. 

Perhaps Kobach lost simply because the sight of him parading his machine gun (which, incidentally, is a replica) pricked Kansas consciences. “God help them [illegal immigrants],” one Kansan reportedly said, agog at the spectacle. 

Or perhaps he lost because Governor-elect Kelly pragmatically explained that she was not on board the caravan scare and that, although she favors secure borders, she believes a comprehensive immigration policy is the way to get them—and, in any case, the Kansas meatpacking industry needs immigrants.

Similarly (and also in Kansas), Trump’s anti-immigrant policies not only didn’t help, but in fact killed the re-election attempt of Republican Kevin Yoder, who chaired the House subcommittee on Homeland Security and lost because of voters’ anger that he didn’t fight the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In addition to Kobach’s and Yoder’s defeats, exit polls also undercut the notion that “Trump love” was a boon to Republicans. Overall voter turnout clearly set records across the United States this year. Yet preliminary CBS surveys Wednesday showed that only 25 percent of those voting voted in order to support Trump, while a much larger group—40 percent—said they voted in order to oppose him. And ABC polls found that just 44 percent of voters approved of Trump’s job performance, while 55 percent disapproved. 

In line with these suggestions that antipathy toward Trump was high, pundits at Time attribute the GOP gains in this election to a “favorable election map for Republicans” rather than any flowering of voter approval for the president. Indeed, the New York Times chimed in, Republicans lost the House because centrist voters, who in 2016 found Trump “a barely palatable alternative to Hillary Clinton, were unwilling to give him enduring political loyalty.”

Other exit polls show that almost half of U.S. voters (48 percent) believe that Trump’s immigration policies are too tough. 

All of which suggest that, contrary to the president’s gleeful Wednesday tweet claiming  “tremendous success” and contrary to reports that his anti-immigrant rallies brought new believers into his fold, soaring voter turnout and the Republican loss of the House reflect an intense backlash against Trump and may well cause us to doubt that his stance as a savior against the immigrant “invasion” worked in swaying voters to his camp.

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