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Dear Editor:

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Valle del Maiz is one of the most traditional neighborhoods in San Miguel de Allende. Right in the center of this area, half a block from the historic church, there is a public park with basketball courts that local residents use for recreation. To my surprise, this public park is showing propaganda promoting a local politician, Congressman Juan José Alvarez.

One question for Mr Alvarez: is this property one of his private properties donated to the community, and were the basketball courts built with his personal money? If the answer is yes, I hereby congratulate Mr Alvarez and praise his generosity. However, if, as most citizens assume, the park is city property and patrimony of San Miguel citizens, and if the basketball courts were built with taxpayer’s money, then it is unethical, unacceptable, and illegal for Mr Alvarez to take credit with a public display of propaganda. The same propaganda says that the government is working to improve quality of life—it is their job and they get paid for it!

It would make more sense to thank taxpayers for making it possible to build such facilities. It would also make sense for Mr Alvarez to explain to the citizens of San Miguel his position on metered parking [in San Miguel] and the questionable contract that gives away the streets of San Miguel to a private company. That is his job, not to take credit for spending our tax money as if it were his personal money.

Rodrigo Antonio Treviño Lozano

 

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