To whom it may concern,
My high school Spanish isn’t good enough anymore to compose a letter in that language, so I hope you’ll excuse my English…
Although I am an American, I have been following the scattered news reports of the street protests against the Ruiz government in Oaxaca, Mexico. I am very concerned about the impending crisis and hope that you stay safe as you continue to fight for this just cause.
I am also concerned, though about the lack of news reports about it in our country’s media, so when I saw your request to your readers to get news about it out to the international media I responded by sending this email to my local paper:
Nov. 26, 2006
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dear Mr. Hall,
A major crisis has been developing in Mexico over the past five months starting with the announcement of the extremely questionable results of the Mexican presidential election, which resulted in mass protests by millions of citizens in Mexico City.
The escalating violence reached crisis proportions yesterday, in Oaxaca, Mexico, yet isn’t mentioned anywhere in your paper.
Why isn’t the Deseret News reporting on this?
Forget the Iraqi civil war. (Which, by the way, you also dropped the ball on.) The next potential civil war we must pay attention to is in Mexico.
My family and I are increasingly turning to excellent investigative news sources on the internet, because the Desert News, our local paper, would rather report fluff or publish verbatim governmental press releases instead of news happenings that have far more critical implications for our state, nation and world..
Unfortunately, I don’t think my letter will do much good, (the Desert News is a very conservative paper) but at least they will know that a few of their readers are noticing their lack of reporting on this issue.
Thanks you for the good job you do on getting the news out on YOUR website, though.
Joycelynn D. Straight
South Salt Lake