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Cancun Break On Despite Unease

a woman drinks at a bar during Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico. While American tourism to Mexico slipped a few percentage points last year, the country remains by far the biggest tourist destination for Americans, according to annual survey of bookings by the largest travel agencies. AP story here. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

Question: Have you vacationed in Mexico in recent years despite escalation of drug gang violence?

Pope Styles In Sombrero

Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile wearing a Mexican sombrero as he arrives to give a Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico, Sunday. (AP photo)

Question: Is a sombrero a good luck for Pope Benedict XVI?

Crashing The Pope’s Party

A dog runs through the path lined by faithful as they wait for the the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Guanajuato, Mexico Saturday. At the entrance to Guanajuato, Benedict received the keys to the city. The pope reserved his only public remarks Saturday for a gathering of about 4,000 children and their parents massed in the Plaza de la Paz or Peace Plaza. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Otter Picks Rodeo Over Trade Mission

Gov. Butch Otter, who canceled his leadership of a trade mission to Brazil and Mexico, will instead attend the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this week. Otter says growing Idaho's economy is his highest priority. His “Project 60” effort aims to boost the gross state product to $60 billion a year. The figure was $55.4 billion in 2010. Otter's spokesman, Jon Hanian, said Monday that Otter will be at the rodeo from Wednesday to Saturday, joined by his wife, Lori. The couple are paying their expenses and Otter “usually attends this event every year,” Hanian said. Hanian declined to say why Otter canceled his participation in the trade mission/Dan Popkey, Statesman. More here.

Question: Is a disengaged Butch Otter a good thing or a bad thing?

Drug Violence Sullies Acapulco Image

Item: Drug violence sullies image of once-lustrous Acapulco/Ken Ellingwood, L.A. Times

More Info: Acapulco … has been the scene of vicious fighting among rival drug gangs that has killed more than 650 people in four years, the fifth-highest count for any Mexican city, according to government figures. The toll includes 30 men slain two weekends ago in and around the city. Fifteen of them were decapitated.

Question: Has the vicious fighting among rival drug gangs made you hesitant to go to Mexico?

APhoto Of The Day — 7.23.10

Mexican sewer  diver Julio Camara goes down on a cage for a dive at the city’s drainage system plant, on the outskirts of  Mexico City on Tuesday. Camara, who makes less than US $500 a month diving in the city’s  sewage system clearing blockages and repairing infrastructure, says he is the only  sewage  diver in the Mexican capital, from where at least 1000 tons of rubbish are extracted per month. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso)

Top Cutline:

  • 1. One No. 1, extra pickles. Two No. 2s, heavy on the special sauce. Catch of the Day, fries no tartar. Julio finds himself in the thick of the lunch rush yet again — Kevin Taylor.
  • 2. (tie) In the birth of a CAVE’r, DFO finally displays the origin of opencda.com — Soaf; and: I’m going in…another day blurking at opensewer.com — Fat Lady Sings.
  • Sewer diver Julio Camera sings the Paul Simon song, “Me es Julio down in the sewage pit” — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • HM: Poolman, Charlies, & everyone else. Another great day for cutlines.

In The News: World Cup Soccer Begins

South Africa’s goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, right, blocks a scoring chance by Mexico’s Rafael Marquez, left, during the World Cup group A soccer match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, this morning. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Question: Who, besides the United States, would you like to see when the World Cup?

‘My Future Meets My Past’

On Facebook today, Christa Hazel posted this sensational photo (that she also entered in the North Idaho Fair) which she calls: “My Future Meets My Past.” It was taken on Mismaloya Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Writes Christa: “My daughter visits the place where my husband I were married.”

Question: Where did you marry? Honeymoon?

Pecky: Don’t Act Like A Gringo In Mexico

Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns: Traveling to Mexico “as a tourist” is not any more dangerous than it was 20 years ago. Your biggest concern should be vendors and real estate people trying to get “gringos” in love with a faux dream of dream land condos and quesadillas. Avoid the “border” area, yes - but unless you are a wealthy mexican with a big famous last name you are not in danger. If you go to any “Senor Froggy place”, wear stupid balloons on your head and ask “any” mexican passing by to take a picture of your stupid look, well, yes you are in danger, taxi drivers, crooks, and tourist hunters will smell you!.. leave your very expensive digital at home, dress normal AVOID THE FANNY PACK FOR G’S SAKE and visit the wonders of this beautiful country

Question: Tell us about an interesting experience you’ve had while traveling or vacationing in Mexico?

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