Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
This is no Mexico
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Re: "Choose your vacation spot wisely," Dec. 22.
Wouldn't it be more informative if George Jonas did a little more research? He seems to mix apples with oranges when he refers to Cuba and Mexico in the same breath as impoverished and lawless countries.
Cuba under Fidel Castro has elevated herself on the world stage, proving to be far advanced in medicine (sending doctors around the world and with a higher birth-survival rate than in the U.S.), education (again a higher literacy rate than the U.S.) and ecological technology. Both health care and education are free. And all that in spite of a brutal and illegal embargo imposed by our "benevolent" neighbour to the south.
Yes, Cuba is poor and there are debilitating shortages, but tourism is flourishing in spite of the treacherous U.S. campaign in Europe and elsewhere to impede it.
Mexico is also a poor country with a rich elite.
Montezuma's revenge is rampant among tourists, corruption forces the police to buy their own arms and equipment and crime and punishment is a big issue.
But Mexico suffers not nearly the problems that the U.S. imposes on Cuba.