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Outside looking in

Dear Editor:It’s been almost three years since I left Colorado to accept a position as a college professor in Mexico. The perspective I’ve gained from living away from my home country has been enlightening, as I learn more and more about myself as an American through the unique lens of teaching abroad. Lately, I find it truly disturbing how the real issues that affect our lives, and even the lives of millions abroad, are not necessarily among the most prominent in such a negativity-driven election season. In the events after Sept. 11, 2001, I was a believer in our government and even the call to war. But now it is so obvious that the administration is not only lying to the U.S. (and the world) that I truly pray as a country we are smart enough to see beyond the media stunts. (Forgive me, but Saddam’s death sentence two days before Election Day, and one day after saying that Cheney and Rummy are staying until the end of the term, seems like too much of a coincidence to be believable – this trial has been going on for years.) I also pray that we send a clear message to Washington: This horrendous corruption of not only our government, but also our values and our souls, will not be tolerated by a people so proud, independent and venerable as us – the Americans.Benjamin GreenbergGuanajuato, Mexico