"In Mexico, we expect the government to take care of everything," he told me. "But it's the people who have to take charge of the situation." Saldivar has learned that lesson living in California. Citizens here denounce criminal activity to the authorities -- whether it's a drug dealer or a corrupt official -- even if it means doing so anonymously, he said.
The drug wars in Mexico saddens me because it means it has cut off access by Americans. I will not bring my kids south of the border, which is a shame because we have easy access to Baja California and I have good memories there of lolling on the beach.
But never mind my vacation plans . . . I hate to see the people there having to live under not military law, but the lawlessness of the drug cartels. The quote above is right - Fr. Hidalgo needs to come back.