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Travel letters: Mexico stories a shocking juxtaposition

I had just finished reading the last part ("A Child's Burden," by Richard Marosi) of the profoundly moving series "Product of Mexico," which ran on the front page of the Dec. 14 L.A. Times.

Then I turned to the Travel section. There was a cover piece ("Resorts Make a Splash," by Rosemary McClure) on a luxury resort in Mexico, with rates from $587!

The contrast was a shock — a heartbreaking story on Page 1 juxtaposed with a piece catering to the wealthy.

How many tortillas could $587 buy for Alejandrina, the 12-year-old in the story who works the fields in southern...