Border Battles on “On the Media”

"Miss Lucy" by Kinsee Morlan

I was happy to hear the voice of KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson and reporter Vicente Calderon on one of my favorite NPR shows, On the Media, last week. They deserve some recognition for the map of the recent murders and the coverage they’ve done on Tijuana’s drug wars. But again, I have to offer my unsolicited opinions and advice because the pat on the back is partly congratulatory but mostly an encouragement to keep going and to go deeper and possibly  in a different direction:

1. Advertise to the people of Tijuana. No one knows about its existence.  Is it for the people of Tijuana or what?

2. Focus on stories that would bring about a solution.  The guns are coming from the U.S. right?  Let’s focus on that.  The demand is coming from the U.S., right?  Let’s talk about how U.S. policies toward drug use need to change. Let’s talk legalization. Let’s talk change.

3. The people want the violence to stop. They even mentioned a pact with one of the drug cartels.  Let’s talk about that. What are the options, however strange and unconventional those may be?


About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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One Response to Border Battles on “On the Media”

  1. The way Americans consume prodigious quantities of illicit drugs even at the expense of ripping apart whole countries such as Mexico bespeaks a moral indifference and depravity north of the border that is colosally repugnant.

    The US needs to do one of two things: 1. Send even casual illicit drug users to the electric chair or, 2) De-criminalize drugs.

    We can’t continue to ask Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico, etc. to pay the price for our own sickness.

    Moreover, our politicians can’t keep asking Americans to foot the tax bill for such detructive and absurd policy. The pols themselves are criminals for allowing this.

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