Category Archives: Reader Opinion

Tax agency killed company and saved fees to lawyers

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I have been reading a lot in your paper about how dire this tax situation is for those who have sociedades anonimas (or are an officer in one) and how we should run to contact our … Continue reading

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Expat rejects food fads and says eat moderately

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: So mineral salt is to be the next fad? Your writer is correct when he states that salt is toxic. Everything is toxic. Water is toxic, oxygen is toxic, everything is toxic. It is the dose which makes … Continue reading

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Fossil salt has all the minerals that humans need to live well

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: In response to James Marshall’s letter about salt and fluoride. Table salt is toxic. I tend to say extremely toxic not only behind the added fluoride (also iodine in non-colloidal form which is an insane requirement) but also … Continue reading

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Social Security form is called reasonable request

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I read with interest your coverage of some expats’ dissatisfaction with the requirement to submit the form which Social Security has sent out asking for verification of some information. Of course, I can’t say why Sr. Art Sulenski’s … Continue reading

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Questionnaire generates a warm, fuzzy feeling

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: The question was asked “ Who the hell is the government to make citizens jump through hoops to receive their Social Security payments?” At a time when the federal government appears to be in a total … Continue reading

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Bus ticket certainly is valid for entry into Costa Rica

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Although Jim Ryan’s experience with immigration is regrettable, it’s important to set the record straight.  According to Costa Rica’s Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT), travelers and non-residents planning to stay in Costa Rica for more than 90 days … Continue reading

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Governments need a push to overcome their inertia

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Two stories in A.M. Costa Rica point to the oppression of government.  The first is the story of a U.S. veteran whose housekeeper cannot get a visa to go to the States to care for his … Continue reading

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Immigration agents rejected his bus ticket from country

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: A Bus Ticket Will Not Satisfy Immigration at Juan Santamaria. Beware expats. The article that appeared this past Wednesday entitled “Another tale of tourists having trouble at airport” is not accurate. It indicates that a bus … Continue reading

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In the case of U.S. president, lying is not just revising

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: On Page Five of Monday’s edition there is an article referencing Obama’s falling approval ratings.  In that article appears the sentence “Obama revised his pledge.”  When does lying to the American people become a revision?  I … Continue reading

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DEA uses murdered agent as a tool for political goals

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Your story about Red Ribbon Week is well written, but it doesn’t go far enough about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. There are in fact two DEAs. The first is totally political — it is charged with creating … Continue reading

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Commendation for the police who arrived in 10 minutes

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I agree with an earlier commentator that we are inundated with negative stories, and I would like to offer a positive commentary about Fuerza Pública. I live in a remote area near San Isidro de Heredia.  … Continue reading

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Hassle of online ordering seems to be at officials’ whim

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I agree 100 percent with the comments made by John Kounsconcerning items ordered over the internet. Occasionally I order  parts for my computer over the internet. The item cannot be obtained here in Costa Rica, and they … Continue reading

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Problem with online ordering is true for Costa Ricans, too

Dear A.M Costa Rica: I couldn’t agree more with the recent letter “Getting items bought online is a big hassle for expats”  Of course not is only a big hassle for expats but also for all citizens for Costa Rica. Not only … Continue reading

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Some tips for the expats who wish to order online

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: In response to the experience described by Mr. Kouns of Arenal, we would like to say that internet shopping has never been easier in Costa Rica.  Having an enjoyable and rewarding online shopping spree requires a … Continue reading

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More tips for the expats who are ordering online

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I notice John Koun’s letter about problems receiving packages. I found a solution to this problem several years ago. There is a company called Mail Boxes Etc in Liberia and Escazú.  Get a membership with them … Continue reading

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Water heater distributor has super customer service

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I have read too many negative experiences of the Gringos with services in Costa Rica published in your newspaper.  It is time to display some positive experiences. We bought the top-of-the-line hot water tank (Stiebel Eltron) … Continue reading

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Getting items bought online is a big hassle for expats

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I do not know if this item is worthy of insertion in your newspaper, but hopefully it is if it can save some person/s a real hassle in respect to ordering items online.  Note the fuel … Continue reading

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Another hidden U.S. tax is self-employment levy

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Another small detail that is very important to add to your factual article is one regarding U.S. taxes: Most expats will look at the tax threshold of $95,100 and say “no problem” as they never made … Continue reading

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