SOME YEARS BACK, we elected a mayor who’s unlike any mayor in recent memory. He actually does things aside from stealing. You gotta admire that.
He’s gussied up the town, which is good in one way. It attracts tourists, however, which causes a lot more traffic. I’m not fond of that, but others are, especially owners of restaurants and hotels.
Other moves I support. City Hall claims we are the first town in Mexico to ban single-use plastic bags. I’ve been taking my own canvas bags to supermarkets for years. The ban, however, has provided some fun visual moments because some folks leave the supermarkets trying to hold all their separate purchases in their arms, a juggling act.
Buy some canvas bags, nincompoops! They are cheap.
We are also, City Hall says, the first town to prohibit sale of wildlife on the streets and in the markets. It’s been common here to see men walking around with high stacks of cages on their backs, hawking pretty birds.
But this is Mexico where laws are one thing, and enforcement is another. It’s a nebulous world. We have lots of laws that are routinely ignored and no one does anything. But recognizing a problem is a step in the right direction.