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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 29, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Swine flu in Mexico

No pandemonium in Mexico City

I grew up in the Seattle area, went to Lynnwood High School and the UW, but am now living in Mexico City. With all the news I read in U.S. newspapers about Mexico, it would appear that the country is falling apart [“As swine flu spreads, world watches, worries,” page one, April 28]. But the story from people living here is much more normal.

The biggest effects I’ve seen from the epidemic flu in the city are that almost everybody has the day off, there’s no traffic and everybody is wearing surgical masks. I found it was nice to have the government tell me I need to spend the day at home with my wife. An earthquake happened Monday afternoon while I was reading about the Seahawks’ draft picks and gently rocked our apartment building for about 20 seconds. All in all, a relaxing day filled with swine flu and an earthquake.

And as for the drug wars, it makes for interesting conversation and good TV, but I’ve never seen a narco-trafficker, and I am no more worried about drug violence affecting me than when I lived in the U-District. The average person here has average days.

— Allen Husker, Mexico City

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