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In November vote wisely

Dear Sir,

In 1887 Alexander  Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior. “A democracy is always temporary in nature. It simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until  the time that  voters discover that they can vote themselves generous  gifts from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority always  votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse  over loose  fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by dictatorship.


Mitt Romney should apologize for Olympic criticism

Dear Sir,

After his sarcastic, unnecessary and totally insensitive statement, I wonder if Mitt Romney stayed around London long enough to witness what has to be one of the most spectacular Olympics, ever.

New dog shelter in development phase

Dear Sir,

We are grateful for Jeanne Chaussee’s article in the Reporter about the new Dog Shelter.  However, many of the plans for our new shelter are still in the development phase. Not all the t’s are crossed and the i’s dotted.

Insurance query

Dear Sir,

I am 77 and have lived in Chapala for over 15 years. I have IMSS medical insurance and am pleased with it.  I do not have Medicare.  I own no property nor financial accounts in the United States.  I pay no state income tax since my domicile is here in Mexico. I do file and pay federal tax, but have gotten a refund every year for 15 years.  I am retired military but get no health benefits from them although I was promised back when I joined that I would.

If you insist on behaving like a complete idiot, please do not broadcast your Canadian origins.

Dear Sir,

With reference to the story in last week’s Reporter regarding the woman who was stopped in Chapala for not wearing her seat belt.  The facts seem quite clear: she broke the law, she got caught and she was rude and arrogant. To the woman I can say only, “If you insist on behaving like a complete idiot, please do not broadcast your Canadian origins. I am not you; I don’t even want to know you. You know that if you pulled the same stunt in Canada, you would quite possibly end up in jail.”  To Señor Magaña, on behalf of Canadians everywhere, I apologize and commend your restraint in not giving her what she so richly deserved.