Latin America's economic role

I read with interest the articles on Latin America. I feel the US has ignored the economic importance of Mexico, Central America, and South America. We have always been more comfortable dealing with our neighbors to the north, the Canadians. I am sure it is because we are more culturally alike and (excepting Quebec) speak the same language.

Now it is time for a reality check. Let's stop the bashing, protectionism, and isolationism and work to improve and increase our linkage with Mexico and Latin America, as the Bush administration is doing with the North American Free Trade agreement. Margaret A. Ahler, Rensselaer, Ind.

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