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    Soon Mainecoons will shut this down but usually after he makes the "last" comment. :-) On Mexican social networks extensive anti-American sentiment and rising. Today an American friend faced it a bank. I hear it daily in various offices. It will get much worse. As a Mexican who works with expats daily it is so easy for expats to live here legally and not a lot more effort than it takes for a Mexican to change planes in the US. Not even a background check is done by consulates 99% of the time which is so wrong. Expats get free healthcare, INAPAM; tourists in many places get a driver's license and can buy and register a vehicle. How much easier do you want it? Meanwhile, a significant number earn income illegally with no payment of tax and no INM approval including landlords. I even know of one posting here who has provided mortgages at lakeside and I am willing to bet he never paid tax on the interest received nor had the appropriate visa. I also meet expats who fudged their bank accounts to show income that was not theirs, some here with no legal right to do so. And while everyone thinks all expats contribute greatly to the Mexican economy I ask how is that so when I have met many making less than $1000 per month and a slow as 600? Now I see a silly comment below that states ... oh well not the same number of expats doing things illegal in Mexico as Mexicans in the US. Some will use anything to justify. If the US did not hire Mexicans few would be going there to work to provide for their families back in Mexico. But greed for cheap labor that can be easily taken advantage of prevails. And many of the Hispanics in the US are from Central America. Some may want to read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theta-pavis/decades-of-us-interventio_b_5610684.html Meanwhile, there are many INM staff including from SMA at Mexico's southern border turning back those from Central and South American trying to reach the US. Overall expats are a benefit but many are not just as many Mexicans are a benefit to the US but not all. Americans rejoiced when the Berlin wall come down. Oh how things change. Viva Mexico
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    I have it on good authority that the fence picture is actually showing families on the Mexican side trying to touch the hands of their families on the American side. Nothing at all to do with gratuitous attempts to cross the border that would showcase this sense of "entitlement" that Mexicans supposedly feel. Sonia, right on.
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    Right. Because house walls, walls around a property or a development are just exactly the same thing as a 2,000-mile border wall. Exactly. The. Same.
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    And you will see more and more of this and as I noted on social meeting anti American comments are very common. Now there is pressure on government from social media to increase expat visa requirements. In SMA the outcry on FB pages is growing. This anti-Americanism is not directed at any one person but out of fear, frustration and fierce pride. It is directed at the American government. It is like one has an issue at say WalMart and you take out your frustration etc with the cashier as that is the nearest person. When you have the leader of a country implying we are all thieves, lazy, rapists, drug addicts, etc people will strike back and they do so at the nearest person who is of that nationality. http://time.com/4651464/mexico-donald-trump-boycott-protests/ I have never seen or heard of an expat having an issue by simply protesting. IN SMA there are many very active expats who are very involved in protests etc. This includes FB pages, newspaper articles, public demonstrations, publicly calling out government representatives, mayors, councillors etc. It is big myth. And geesh cars.. you can have a foreign plated car here for all the years one is a tourist or TR. You think I can do that in Canada or the US? As to prices Mexican cars are now often cheaper and for expats thanks to exchange rates an out right bargain. Our 2014 Lincoln MKX with 13000 miles with every option 420000 pesos or about $17500 + tax very recently. In the US ten thousand more. 16% tax is IVA and is no different than the tax many states impose as well as Canadian provinces except one. Majority of Mexicans pay no income tax so there is a sales tax. We order every week from Amazon.com and often on orders of $65 or more no tax and no shipping cost. I suggest those with an issue need to look at other sources. Mircrowave replacement tray shipping and import fee is 13.54 delivered from Amazon to your address in Mexico. And Extending Lives Mexico owned by Ross MacDonald would deliver from their address in Texas to SMA, Chapala, Qyeretaro, Oaxaca for $3.60 a pound, $7.20 total. Cheese with "whine" a little more. :-) The countries taking the most immigrants are European thanks to the disaster created in the Middle East by people who should be tried for war crimes. I do not understand how some who have so many complaints stay here?
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    In my experience as a moderator on many boards over the years, I have always found it best to allow a "cooling down" period for myself before I respond to a situation. I also can not participate in a board as both moderator and member: it is not fair to myself or any of the other members. It is also unwise and unfair to fire off critical or personal Personal Messages to any member, regardless of the reason. The only time a PM should be delivered is when an explanation is required for a moderator action, and that must never include personal observations; simply "you were off topic", or "you became too personal" or "you violated the rules", and "This is a warning; please do not (do that) again, or we will be forced to suspend your account." Also, any post by a moderator, including deleting a thread, or closing it, must always include a polite, impersonal reason, otherwise it looks like an attack to the rest of those reading the thread. These are merely the requirements of civility for a webboard moderator.
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    Denise, you express a realistic concern for how the new administration in Washington might cause ripple effects for life down here. Despite the euphoria being experienced by some, no one can tell you there will be no problems. When a president is ignorant or delusional enough to threaten sending troops into a bordering sovereign nation all bets are off. The types of actions being taken by the current U.S. leader are the types of action that lead to international repercussions no matter how loudly his fans sing "Everything Is Beautiful." Life here now is as wonderful as it has been for the almost a decade I have lived here. Continue making your plans but keep a realistic eye on what is happening.
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    How much time would you take to make an important financial decision impacting your lifestyle, your family, and tax implications? More than 48 hours I'll bet. Do you, or will you in 5 years, speak fluent Spanish? If not why take a "touristy" drive around the lake? I think most of us who moved here considered other countries, their financial ramifications, climate and culture. For us the winner was Lakeside and for most to locate within the municipality of Chapala. I would take these considerations into play as if analyzing a stock prospectus. Then I'd come down for a couple of weeks to check out the immediate area. Then, consider renting and visiting the outlying areas of Guanajuato, San Miguel etc. for a year. Just my recommendations and ideas.
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    Mudgirl it is not fair to convert to what you think is the american equivalent. The maid was given a 10% raise pretty decent by any standards,
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    Wow, that was wildly unfair. I've never had a problem when I've gone into the office. They've always been helpful and give me an explanation when there's a glitch. They're only allowed to do what "corporate" allows them to do. While I have some major issues with the crap internet speed we get, I don't hold the local folks accountable for something out of their control.
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    I had just left the mercado in Chapala this morning walking towards Mederos when I heard a child screaming in fear and pain. When I looked at one of the raised gardens there was a boy about 8 or 9 years old that was being attacked by a large dog similar to a keeshound. The boy was screaming because the dog had sunk its teeth into his arm and was shaking it back and forth. There had to be more than 30 people, Mexicans, gringos, tourists and all the rest of you, standing around watching this child being mauled and not one of you moved to help him. I had just bought a newspaper and swatted the dog on its nose until it let go. Yes, the dog could have turned on me but how can you watch a child being hurt like that and not do anything to help. Unbelievable!
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    Really? A few folks? The vast majority? (that may be a perception based on who you hang with). Perhaps you want to read about your president suggesting he might send troops into Mexico to deal with the 'bad hombres'. The OP has a legitimate concern, and it may be a little too early to tell what is the correct response.
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    Trump a gunslinger? The gunslingers in the Westerns I saw were not misogynist, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, sexist liars favouring nepotism.
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    That is a completely innacurate portrayal of the situation. I mean, completely. It's also unwarranted and the very reason politics is not generally allowed on this board.
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    I once lived in a small Mexican fishing village and enjoyed "negotiating" with the local man who sold seafood twice a week off his old pickup. One day, he asked me to tow his pickup home for him because it had broken down. When we got to his home, I saw he lived in a one-room cement house with no water or electricity, with his wife and child. I never again negotiated with him.
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    I just read this thread and am sitting here stunned. WHAT did anyone say to deserve this hateful rant? Not content to personally and visiously attack a poster with whom she disagrees, Denise attacked "the majority of people" posting here (from whom she has been seeking advice and support) as being a bunch of "bitter, unfulfilled and unintelligent assholes" and "has beens who never were." This behavior apparently is justified because she is "under a lot of stress."
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    Wow, I know this will probably get me banned, but majority of you people are pathetic. You sound like a bunch of bitter , unfulfilled and unintelligent assholes. Ferret what you did was a desperate sign for validation. I am sorry your life didn't turn out the way you planned. If this is a sample of the type of people who are there a warning sign needs to be posted: DANGER!!! AHEAD LIES A COMMUNITY FILLED WITH HAS BEENS WHO NEVER WERE!!!!!!!!
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    Mainecoons: You do know I was responding to rvanparys, not you? First, there are no "hoops" to living here legally. There is paperwork, yes, and Mexican bureaucracy, but you just try to get a green card for the U.S., or even reapply for an existing one. Better yet, go on up to Canada as a Mexican and try to get permanent residency there. The system here is so much more forgiving. And don't forget, according to all reports, Chapala/Guad INS is perhaps the worst in all of Mexico. Second, "it is ok for others to enter the US illegally..."??? Since when?
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    OK, I'm going out on a limb here but there was another thread about respect and I just want to pass on an observation. Before I do though, yes I'm a Canadian, no, I don't hate Americans (some of my closest friends and some of my family are American), yes I love Mexico and all things Mexican and I tend to look through rose-coloured glasses at some of the problems and yes, the recent US election is absolutely none of my business. But if we're going to discuss the issue of respect how about this; just because you can get away with something doesn't mean you should do it. Yesterday, as I was waiting to turn left on the Caraterra, traffic was held up because of a golf cart trying to cross to the other side. In and of itself it wouldn't be an issue, although I have no idea of the actual legality of driving an unlicensed vehicle on the road but again, none of my business. No, what really frosted my cookies was the fact that they were driving down the bike path. And worse, several locals on bikes and a family with children all had to move out of the way because the cart took up the width of the entire path. And because of the cement barrier I have to assume they'd been driving on this path for at least a block, if not probably longer so who knows how many other people they inconvenienced. Here's the thing; I doubt very much that the the people that had to jump out of the way knew or cared if the drivers were Canadian or American, Liberal, Conservative, Democrat or Republican, or snowbirds, tourists or permanent residents. What I am sure about though, is it was one more reason to give the local populace a reason to be disgruntled. More fuel to stoke the backlash fire. That smile you thought you saw wasn't a smile it was a grimace. And please, you don't need to remind me that locals kids on quads and motorcycles ride illegally on the bike path all the time. I get it; they do. But if I recall my mum taught me this one a long time ago - something about following Billy off a bridge. So please, if you're driving one of these carts and you're afraid to drive on the road because it's too slow or too scary, it may be a sign that you shouldn't be in it in the first place. Just because no one stops you isn't an excuse for boorish behaviour so please, show a little respect. Cheers!
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    Thanks, Xena. Mod 2: I know there's that warning from back in 2011 by CocinaMod. He explained why I was getting it. But this one is different in its design. And I have no further notification about it. Glad it wasn't you. Because here on this thread you're claiming I expressed "a blatant personal attack" where none was expressed. You said the same about Al Berca. Perhaps you're overreacting? You also said the same and much more in an inappropriate PM to me the other day. The one where you called me angry and hateful? You really shouldn't do that, no matter how you sign it. Lexy
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    Maybe you could give them some names of restaurants that allow dogs and tell them to take their dog out for lunch to soothe its hurt feelings.
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    It's obvious that many of you have never lived in a big city . Have any of you ever driven in LA , or New York , or Chicago, where I'm from ? This ain't shit ! Be happy that you are among the lucky people who are blessed to be here and stop your bitching or go back to where ever you came from .
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    First of all that pic of the wall wasn't there when you originally posted. Second, I don't see what that has to do with anything. It still is not "okay for others to enter the US illegally..." on either side of the fence. The fact that some Mexicans may want to is not an approval. Secondly, I have no idea what that photo represents. Your implication is that it is a typical shot of Mexicans trying to get into the US. My first response is that illegal border crossings for immigration have been recorded for the last several years as almost zero. Second, why are there so many people on both sides of that fence in this photo? And you ask "what would happen if we did this in this country?" which implies that it is wrong for people to parade... again, what tells me this next photo has anything to do with civil unrest or demands for... what exactly? Or that these people in the photo are what, illegals? It doesn't matter to you that the answer is until recently, the U.S. has always been very, very tolerant of immigrants: it made the country, remember? You guys are chomping at the wrong bit. Not only that, but completely ignoring the baloney about "hoops" to get into this country.
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    I escorted someone, TODAY, to get a police letter in Chapala. We were greeted warmly by the lady at the desk...she asked, in very good english, how she might help. She then provided the needed paperwork and wished us a good day........I guess some of us are luckier than others. Fred Habacht
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    I've always felt a fair compromise would be for the U.S. to adopt Mexico's immigration laws. Mexico looks out for its citizens first and that is one of the things I appreciate about it. IMHO it is government's duty to put it's own people first and a country's right to determine who is allowed to enter. We are not entitled to come here uninvited without resources, take jobs from Mexicans or become dependent on the few social services here. That is how it should be and no one should be surprised if the U.S. with it surplus of labor might decide that enough is enough. When you get right down to it, there's a backlash going on in a lot of places over uninvited guests these days. I also appreciate that Mexico has an official language. Language is an important unifying factor for a culture and a nation. The lesson of the Tower of Babel seems to have been forgotten NOB. If they want to insist on that language in official actions, that is their right. It will be interesting to see what language they want to speak when we show up to pay our taxes and water bills. We need to keep our cool, keep our noses clean, be polite and let this thing work its way out. Remember this country is taxing imports 16 percent and this board has had many thread about how routine stuff is held up, rejected or stolen at the border. The media has been full of pictures of people streaming into the U.S. uninvited. I can't imagine why anyone would be surprised that a backlash hasn't finally shown up there. And how we vote is our private business.
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    Similar situation in Mexico City, arguably the most expensive city in Mexico. The woman who works for me arrives at 7:30AM and leaves at 3:00PM or sometimes later, depending on her own schedule here. I pay her the going rate for domestic workers: 400 pesos a day. No one here--as far as I know--pays domestic workers by the hour. She brings something with her from the street for breakfast (coffee and a pan dulce, usually) and prefers to go home for comida with her family rather than eat a meal here. We have a purely business arrangement: I don't know her family, I don't know her financial circumstances--although I know that she has other domestic work every day--and I don't loan her money, bring her gifts from any of my travels, support her two children's education, or otherwise treat her as other than an employee. She's worked for me for about four years; she's happy, I'm happy. When retired foreigners ask me why I'm not involved with her personal life, I usually ask, "Remember when you worked? Was your employer involved with your personal life? Did he or she support your children's education, or bring you gifts from his or her vacations? Did your employer loan you money?" The answer is generally no--you did your job, you got your paycheck, you had a business relationship with your employer. Friendly in the office or the plant, of course--but that was it. That's certainly how my work life was. YMMV.
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    There are hundreds, if not thousands of expats living/visiting here who take it upon themselves to get involved in all kinds of local charities, as well as create like endeavours themselves. Places like Casi Nueva, orphanages, musical scholarships, HaveHammers... pet shelters, dog rescuers, church groups... the list goes on and on and on. The concept that someone who is better off must either a: shell out larger proportions of money, or b: cannot possibly be taking life around them into consideration because they didn't give a bigger raise... is misguided, and overtly judgmental. In fact, back home, pretty much the opposite rings true: the more I got, the less I am giving away, and my government better see it my way... don't be taxing me just 'cause I got, dammit! A 10% raise anywhere is pretty good. Particularly if it's based on an equitable wage. Just because many of us are used to spending everything we have to buy everything we want NOB, does not mean the same "greed from birth" applies to this community. Further, we are in a bubble here at lakeside; one who's financial situation is completely out of whack with much of Mexico.
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    There is no such place. If you find one call it paradise. Dogs owners think barking is excerise. Way too many dogs and ignorant owners.
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    Kiko posts a good feature article on Mexican sailors helping American sailors. Bournemouth liked it. Probably all of us would have agreed it's good to see a non-political story concerning Mexicans and Americans. Ah, but wait: Here comes Mainecoons again, veering off to the right, letting us know he likes that we expats do the right thing while living here legally and wishes he could see that done in the States by certain folks crossing our borders. And we're off to yet again with Mainecoons giving us his opinions, making it clear once again where he stands politically (breaking the rules of the website), followed by others who agree and blah, blah, blah. As soon as Mainecoons runs out of breath, he'll put on his other hat and lock this thread as too political. Like, how did that happen? Lexy
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    And what are you contributing to at the moment? A double standard? Be careful what you advocate, it may come back on you and all the rest of us. Don't kid yourself by thinking the people incited to retaliate with the encouragement of some here are going to sort the expat community. Your post could be taken as a personal threat. I suggest you knock off that here or anywhere else.
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    So what your trying to make us believe is that all the politicians are corrupt .. And that is why there is a lack of service..? The point of my post was not about politicians or corruption or home owners who pay taxes. "It was "Support local business"
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    While the non-illiterate among us only go apoplectic when confronted by fellow Americans who can't spell five letter words correctly. But hey, it all makes "cents" to you.
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    I wonder if you mentioned that Mexico(Mexicans) are used to walls. Every house has one, plus maybe electrification, or razor wire oh yes do not forget all the window and doors have bars!!! Some houses look more like stockade's not a home. And if you live in a Fracc or Coto the "Guards" at the Gate. Have you been invited, do you have the correct documentation? What a lot of hypocrisy about "The Wall"
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    OK we did try several times to get this thread back on track, those of you who chafe at moderation please note that fact. By and large it has been a good discussion but it isn't headed that way. We know the two leaders are talking again so I suggest some waiting and watching is in order now. Thanks to all of you who did make this an interesting thread. I'm bending/breaking my own rule about not moderating threads I'm a serious participant in so if that upsets any of you, please feel free to complain to Admin.
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    Beautifully and accurately stated, Sonia. ¡Buen hecho! The level of ignorance, on the part of most expats, regarding the country they live in, is absolutely amazing. In fact, most seem to know very little of their own home country‘s history; like the fact that Californians of Mexican heritage are mostly native Californians; native Americans in a place that was Mexico. They are not immigrants! They never moved! We invaded, didn‘t we? No wonder they proudly march and celebrate their heritage & culture, as they are entitled to do; including language. Now, in NYC and other places, you may see Italian Americans march on Columbus Day with Italian flags, but they did immigrate, as did many other nationalities. My own ancestors did, too, with the exception of the Mohawks. Where is their flag? Well, it straddles the US-Canadian border, just as other nations straddle the US-Mexican border. They do not want walls built across their nation‘s lands, which lie in both countries. Would you? Let us not become divided, as we will quickly fall apart; not just with our neighbors, but with our own. Yet, we must be very careful to avoid marching to an irrational drummer, which could lead to the sound of other boots approaching: drumpf, drumpf, drumpf, drumpf. History warns of of such things, and many of us should review the history of the world as written by several authors, of several nationalities, and with somewhat varied points of view. It can be enlightening.
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    I know and speak with many Mexicans, many of whom have lived and worked in the US, some illegally, some legally. Very few of those who have lived in the US are at all anxious to go back, saying they have a better life in Mexico- their families are here, fruit hangs off the trees for the picking, people are more laid back, etc. Regardless of the statistics ( which as everyone knows can be arrived at in many ways to prove whatever point one wants to make), I think the average American has a misconception that everyone in the world would jump at the chance to live in the US. Sort of like the misconception that everyone on welfare is a lazy bum who simply doesn't want to work.
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    No, it illustrates my point over and over again: the U.S. is still a country where people can speak their minds. That right is engrained in the now continually-shat-upon Constitution.
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    That photograph was taken at a march in San Jose, California in 2006. San Jose is nowhere near the border, and 2006 is pretty far from 2017. Don't believe me? I looked it up on Google Images, took one second. Google is your friend.
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    What is inaccurate about it? I always wonder why someone from Canada a country that controls immigration pretty carefully would think that this situation should be tolerated in the U.S.
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    Have another look at the photos from the Chapala/Ajijic women's march. Watch the Mexican faces - they are smiling, and happy. Knowing that a great many faces, all over the world, were definitely on their side.
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    Very funny, Giltner. If you do not fly commercially, do you use other flight options that you'd like to tell us about, other than buying a plane (which might not be a bad idea if one could get a number of people to go in together!)? I am so old, I remember the days when you got dressed up to fly on a plane, no one questioned your luggage, porters were on hand to help with luggage, and everyone had matched suitcases. And everyone from the check-in to the crew to the baggage people were POLITE and respectful. (And rested!) Nowadays, flying is an exercise in patience, not to mention bladder control.
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    I find it somewhat disconcerting that the main concern here seems to be how many pesos you can now get at your ATM instead of the impact this will have, and is having, on your Mexican neighbors.
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    It is not the number of houses with dogs - it is that the dogs have not been trained as to when it is appropriate to bark. Many people are surprised that you can do this. These are the houses everybody ignores if a dog is constantly barking at nothing at all. If you own dogs, you will have a tough time finding a place with no dogs - unless the frac/condo committee does not allow dogs or cats -but then you can't live there. Likewise dogs off leash - that trust has to be earned, and the dog must be under control at all times. So the problem is not dogs - it is people. Then there are the dog/cat hoarders, some people in our community have 5, 10, 20 dogs. One house has 50 cats. This is not "rescuing", this is mental illness and animal cruelty.
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    Well said, MC. I think that speaks very well for the various countries from which we come to Lakeside. Excellent ambassadors from those countries.
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    American. Was head of Cruz Roja Chapala. Do your due diligence.
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    Crank call. Ignore it. Also ignore baloney from site trying to get people to move to Ecuador.
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    On Saturday I rescued an adorable little dog from a very mean guy on the Playa who was doing his best to drown him. He is long haired, doesn't seem to shed; caramel colored with white streaks, and is as loving as all get out. He looks like a miniature fox....If he was a girl, he'd look like a smaller version of "Lady" from Lady and the Tramp. Today he was groomed at Ladron's; tomorrow he goes in for teeth cleaning and to be neutered. I expect he's around 8-10 years old and about 10-12 lbs.. Very sweet disposition; walks on a leash; has slept quietly next to the bed the two night's he is here. I will keep him until next Monday when his surgery has healed....after that he is ready for adoption. I will pay for all his medical care to date. He will need his vaccinations after the surgery. This pup would make a perfectly excellent pet for anyone who would love an adoring companion. He is quiet, housebroken (and maybe broken-hearted from his ordeal). Right now he just wants somebody to love. Would that be you? If so, call me/him 766-4338
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    Flora you have a problem that only can be resolved through the courts; surely you don't expect the answer from this board when you stated on a previous post that different lawyers have given you different answers. Yours is a legal battle not a battle in the court of public opinion methinks.
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    No need to be nasty. If you don't like what people are saying on this Board, you don't need to participate. Perhaps you are the one who should "stop your bitching" and "go back to where ever you came from."
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    Being a "gordo" myself I have no problem with an airline pricing my ticket by how much I and my luggage weigh. I still get to decide if I want to pay it.
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    When I buy a cheaper seat I must abide by the rules established by the airlines in order to fly at a lower cost. This is not being "discriminated" against. If it was, then I would resent being discriminated against by not being allowed extra luggage, wider seats with more leg room, and better meals just because I bought coach tickets instead of first class. I pay for tickets and live with the privilege or lack of it that comes with what I pay.