International -- Readers Report
DON'T BE DECEIVED BY SALINAS' SELF-PROMOTION (int'l edition)
As a Mexican who lives in an economic crisis on a daily basis, I found Paul Craig Roberts' column "Mexico: Don't blame Salinas for Zedillo's mistakes" (Economic Viewpoint, Mar. 4) incredible and appalling. Here are some facts Roberts fails to mention:
-- Former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari failed to deliver a fundamental piece of the reforms: democracy. Without freedom to choose, to work, to change, economic reforms are senseless
-- Salinas is still a champion at deceit. Isolated and in virtual exile, he can still sell himself as a big reformer when he was really a part of the same old system. (His father is a PRI member and former Commerce Secretary.)
-- Salinas and his dream team of financial wizards lost control over the Tesobono debt bonds and knowingly avoided the responsibility to modify the peso's exchange rate in time. Along with Zedillo, he is responsible for Mexico's current financial crisis.
It is no joy to see that Salinas, with all his academic credentials, can still deceive a few naive American scholars.
Mexico CityReturn to top
WHY APPLE IS WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS (int'l edition)
Your report "The fall of an American icon" (Cover Story, Feb. 5) was comprehensive. But some points were missed: ineffective sales strategies, greed, and intellectual strangulation. Apple Computer Inc. cannot play catch-up with an "also have" strategy. It cannot grope in the dark without direction. There is no continuity; there is probably no plan for success, because they simply do not like the idea of outsiders knowing about it. This makes us feel that they don't really know what success is all about.
Director of Marketing
Hi-Tech Equipment Supplies Ltd.
SingaporeReturn to top
WITH SO MANY CARS, THE EARTH WILL BE WRECKED (int'l edition)
It is pleasant for me to learn that Japanese cars are rebounding ("Japan is back," Cover Story, Feb. 19). But car production consumes too many resources. During the past 30 years, about 155 million cars were produced, and 95 million cars were disposed of in Japan. Though 75% of them were recycled, about 30 million tons of material were dumped under the ground. Keep in mind that producing and using a car destroys our earth by consuming valuable natural resources (including energy) and contaminating the atmosphere.
Live without cars, like the Amish. Carmakers should have manufacturing ethics so they will produce smaller cars.
Kyoto, JapanReturn to top