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;Brad Will: Hero

;Thank you for the in-depth article ["Who killed Brad Will?" Aug. 9]. As a Mexican who has lived in the United States "legally" (as they call it) for the last 21 years, it saddens me to constantly know that the hunger for oil, just like in the case of the Iraq invasion, continues to be the reason of the American government involvement in Mexican politics.


;It wasn't enough to have taken more than half of our territory in the 1800s. The rape of the Mexican land and its riches has continued ever since. Now, George W. Bush's brutal regime, with his ignorant and arrogant agenda to favor the privatization of the Mexican oil industry for the benefit of a few, accompanied with the unfortunate corruption of the fraudulent Mexican government, has been the cause of the false results of the presidential election in Mexico last year. That was the only motive to suppress the social movement in Oaxaca.


;What's amazing is that they do not foresee the effect of this abuse. The Mexican people, who should be the ones benefiting from the Mexican oil, will now have one less opportunity to better their lives, making them consider migrating elsewhere for better opportunities, very likely to the U.S., and very likely without the required documents to do so.


;The teacher movement in Oaxaca was only demanding better pay; its demands were ignored by the governor of Oaxaca, and now many of them find themselves without enough income to support their families. These hundreds, if not thousands, of people could consequently become undocumented workers, the same ones that the U.S. government and the pathetic Republican machine think they can stop by building a wall on the border. How hard is it to understand this?


;When people live well in their places of origin, migration no longer is a matter of survival but a very remote possibility.


;Cuic Suarez, Orlando


;;Brad Will: Dumb-ass

;No doubt all your readers will feel outraged and sad over the murder of Brad Will ["Who killed Brad Will?" Aug. 9]. Well, their outrage can be taken out on me, because I not only am not outraged over his murder, I am not sad either.


;There is a time for giving one's life up for others, but Will gave up his life as sheer dumb-ass. What did he expect when he entered a dangerous country for lone foreigners and then stuck his nose in their politics and made dangerous enemies? Want to save the world? Go ahead, but don't whine when you get thrown into some hellhole for 20 years or catch a bullet in your head.


;He had exactly no chance of making the world better for anyone; his death is a total waste.


;This is why my ears go up whenever I hear a person like Brad Will say they want to make the world a better place to live. I know the opposite is about to happen and I may have to pay for it with my blood or money. Their idealism, my grief.


;Don Branch, Orlando

;;Spanking the lapdog

;Bob Whitby: Thank you for taking the Sentinel to task ["Much worse than spin," Slug, Aug. 2]. Well over a year before the final vote [on the community venues] I sent several e-mails and had exchanges with the Sentinel, including the public editor Manning Pynn, on the stenographic reports being printed. I virtually begged them to use what is known as a reporter's nose concerning this story, all to no avail.


;;The Sentinel is a fawning lapdog, not a watchdog. Hopefully, the paper's neglect of SPJ's ethical standards will come home to roost in the near future. In my opinion, in the Internet community, Ms. Waltz, et. al., will find that news consumers have little tolerance for spin and half-truths.

;;Keep doing the work you are doing and I believe that you will find your platform may grow to surpass the Sentinel's in this community. Especially if they continue on the road they have traversed all too long.

;;Ray Kockentiet, via the Internet

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