We couldn’t agree more with Mr. Houk (Letters to the Editor, May 11). I have lived in the center of Ajijic since 1993 – for 26 years.
Only in the last three to four years have we been forced to endure loud music into the wee hours of the morning. Much of it emanates from a local bar that everyone knows about … but nothing has been done to tone them down.
The late night music at the Malecon was taken care of when Hector España was the town administrator but not since.
We left home at 5:30 a.m. to go to the airport on Sunday, February 23 and the noise was so loud from the Malecon that we drove there to check it out. We found between 50 and 60 young people with their car radios blasting. Of course, everyone was inebriated.
Is Ajijic no longer a part of Jalisco? This would not be tolerated in Chapala. In March, Ricardo and I bought a 2,000-peso decibelimetro (noise monitor) and donated it to Chapala regulators so they could properly monitor sound levels in our neighborhood. We are still waiting for it to be used.
The Thompson-Quirarte family, Ajijic
Global warming and climate change are the most important crisis facing humanity today. We need to each do our part and more if we want this planet and its eight million species to survive.
We caused this disaster and have the responsibility to fix it, each and everyone one of us.
Growing bamboo is one way we can help reverse the problem. Bamboo produces 35 percent more oxygen than trees, can absorb as much as 12 tons of carbon dioxide per year per hectare.
Bamboo is an excellent resource for replacing traditional lumber and is stronger than steel as a building material. It has unlimited potential as a business model, endless opportunities for employment, and replenishes itself year after year.
Our addiction to plastic and petroleum-based products brought us to this point. It is time to stop.
There is no reason to carry five plastic bags from the store,. Buy a handmade bag from Poncho’s Deli or any grocery store!
For those climate-change deniers or Chinese hoax believers, all I can say is get some science and think about your grandchildren.
Most people are aware by now that there is far too much plastic waste going into the garbage, which then goes into the earth or the ocean. The GR informs us that local businesses will have to stop using such throw-away products soon, and completely by 2020.
However, I ask that one important effect of this ban be considered.
Many, if not most Mexicans are not able to flush toilet paper down the water pipes, and so, dispose of the “sanitarios” in plastic bags brought home from the tienditas. This is a daily important chore for most households to maintain a basic level of sanitation. Also, many people dispose of their organic garbage in this manner for use in municipal compost heaps.
Without available plastic bags, how are people supposed to dispose of used toilet paper and baby diapers? This will become an urgent sanitation if not plumbing crisis if an alternative is not freely ready by the time this phase-out begins. Many women that I talked to around town are concerned.
I hope the legislators of Jalisco will consider this aspect of the plastic bag ban as they move forward with welcome environmental progress.
Michelle Wilson, Ajijic