I am a recently graduated student from C.K. McClatchy High School and must admit my severe disappointment in the lack of help the US has offered in the horrible drug cartels that are completely dominating the Mexico region.
The situation has gotten so bad that the government has less weaponry and power than the leaders of the drug cartels, so that the government is unable to protect their own people from violence and extortion. It is not uncommon for small businesses to have strange men dressed in business suits come in during work hours and explain that for only a small payment of several hundred dollars a week, the business can gain protection from other cartels. Eventually these businesses will run out of money and have to close down shop, but at least they have protection, right?
The US refuses to help the situation because it is not in our financial interest.
-- Sophie Marconi, Sacramento