Category Archives: Reader Opinion

New York reader remembers bar owner Bobby Dempsey

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I was saddened to hear of the death of my friend Bobby.  I was a  resident of San José for many years and the owner of Nashville South Bar on Calle 5 for about 5 years. … Continue reading

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Cruelty is the same horror regardless of animal type

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: This was a quote from the article a few days ago: “As a veterinary scientist, I consider the hunt to present real and significant welfare concerns.  If what I have witnessed being done to a young … Continue reading

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Some consistency needed or investments discouraged

Dear A.M. Costa Rica; What Costa Rica could do to make things better for everyone would be to try to develop some sort of consistency in your regulatory regimen.  U.S. citizens are used to dealing with regulations, but when the … Continue reading

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Costa Rica still is best country for retirement

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Upon reading today’s A. M. Costa Rica article titled “Can Costa Rica make a turnaround for its expats?” I feel compelled to offer a more moderate and representative point of view.  All things considered, Costa Rica is still … Continue reading

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Fighting corruption seen as way to fix economy

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I have been told that the new president has stated that he would spend the first two years of his term in office fighting corruption and the balance of his term improving the economy. This president … Continue reading

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Worker’s holiday Thursday will bring out union backers

Thursday is International Labor Day, which is celebrated here in Costa Rica. The day is a legal holiday, and among other facilities, the embassies will be closed. For some, the holiday represents a chance for another four-day holiday. Friday is … Continue reading

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Electrical distributors have six months to start net metering

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: This is an update to an April 2 article entitled: ìResidents to get OK to produce and bank electricityî The landmark Autoridad Reguladora regulation referred to in this article, which requires all electricity distribution companies to offer their … Continue reading

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Gringo multiplier effect helps Ticos purchase food

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: 10 years ago one Gringo with a Ph.D in science decided to buy a two-bedroom condo in Escazú for his future retirement plans.  He paid property tax transfer at the real value.  This now pays the … Continue reading

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Special deals for tourism will wreck the economy

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: In today’s edition you covered pleas for a moratorium to the president -elect from the tourist industry. This is a slippery slope to disaster. If the tourist industry has spare capacity, the long-term solutions are a … Continue reading

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Here’s a way to handle those brazen motorcyclists

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: This is in response to the small story you published on motorcycle deaths in Tuesday’s edition; I am a moto rider and have been for many years. I used to race moto X in Canada when I was … Continue reading

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Plaque was found in Rivas with unexpected dedication

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:   Every country seems to need their heroes, valiant people who overcome overwhelming odds to accomplish noble deeds for the good of his or her country and countrymen, usually at great peril to themselves. Costa Rica … Continue reading

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Reader favors label idea for modified products

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I applaud president-elect Solis’ move to have GMOs labelled.  People deserve to know what is in their food, and products exported from the U.S. to other countries already are labelled, so it is no burden to … Continue reading

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Republicans blamed for killing bills that would help veterans

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: It’s always troubling to read about the high unemployment rate among American vets, as A.M. Costa Rica reported Friday. But what’s more troubling is that the Republican Party has shot down two bills in the last two years … Continue reading

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Balance urged between reality of change and status quo

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I read the letter to the editor dated March 28 by Carol Meeds about the new land use law involving the Caribbean Coast and was surprised by some of the conclusions.  As Ms. Meeds explained that she moved … Continue reading

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New Caribbean land law is a dream for developers

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Excuse me, Costa Rica, but you broke your word. I did everything that you asked of me to move here as a pensionado.  I started my resident application before I came.  I gathered all the documents … Continue reading

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Was miracle heavenly or product of thought?

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Was this so called miracle of a physical healing actually made by the pope or was it Ms. Mora’s own thoughts changing her own physical reality or condition?  There are many that believe in miracles from God.  There … Continue reading

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Commercial salt manipulated, so take a dose of sea water

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I am so glad to know I am not the only one concerned about the toxic, fluoridated, salt sold here in Costa Rica. What a scam!  I have been bringing in Real Salt (a trademark) for … Continue reading

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Avoidance, not moderation, is called for with fluoride

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I like to comment on your reader’s opinion article: “Expat rejects food fads and says eat moderately” by Dr. John Cocker. I agree with him about everything in moderation but just like any other rules there are exceptions especially … Continue reading

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