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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Mexican truck ban

Allowing trucks fuels drug trade

Editorials of The Seattle Times and Yakima Herald made a similar argument about allowing Mexican trucks to freely enter this country [“Banning Mexican trucks harms Washington,” Opinion, March 23].

Besides referencing questionable statistics about Mexican truck safety, both editorials essentially ignored the fact that since the 1990s, the United States and other countries began to focus drug surveillance and interdiction efforts along the corridor skirting Mexico, and as a consequence, the flow of U.S.-bound drugs was forced into Mexico, which remains the main transshipment route for the overwhelming majority of cocaine entering the United States. This has helped spark widespread drug wars, threatens our Southern border and fuels gang activity here in Seattle.

Apparently, The Times is more concerned with the price of pears in Yakima than it is in facilitating the drug and smuggling trade of Mexico.

— Richard Pelto, Kenmore

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