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American Opinion - On the killing of an American by Mexican drug gangs

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

On the killing of

an American by

Mexican drug gangs:

Yet another American has died at the hands of Mexican drug gangs. David Hartley and his wife, Tiffany Young-Hartley, who both grew up in Colorado, were riding Jet Skis Sept. 30 on Falcon Reservoir, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. According to Young-Hartley, David Hartley was gunned down by apparent pirates connected to a Mexican drug cartel.

His body has not been found.

Some Mexican authorities were at first skeptical of Young-Hartley's story. But any doubt likely was put to rest recently after the severed head of Rolando Armando Flores Villegas was delivered in a suitcase to a Mexican Army base. He was the state police commander investigating the case. ...

Mexican drug violence is so horrific, and the authorities sometimes appear so compromised, that the situation can seem hopeless. ...

It is unacceptable for large swaths of a country that shares a 2,000-mile border with the U.S. to be ruled by narco-psychos. It is unacceptable for border waters to be controlled by drug pirates.

The violence will continue to claim American lives unless the drug gangs are countered with a force commensurate to their threat.

-- Loveland (Colo.) Daily