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March 14, 2007

Re "In Colombia, Bush visits ally," March 12

The subhead to the story on President Bush's visit to Colombia read, "He shows his support for President Alvaro Uribe on a rare trip by a U.S. leader to the violence-racked capital." I have lived in Bogota for 27 months. While there is undeniable crime, this city is no more "violence-racked" than Los Angeles.

Bogota is not a horrible, crime-ridden city. It is a resilient, proud, tough-minded, long-suffering city on the rebound. And Uribe's administration, with U.S. and other international help, deserves a lot of credit for pushing the bad guys back. How about dispensing with the usual cliches?

STEPHEN SWAIN

Bogota, Colombia

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