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July 16, 2010


David Bennett

Your report on the possible car bombing in Mexico's most populated city on the U.S. border contains a minor error.

The story says the bombing was in "downtown Juarez, Mexico". That statement leaves our part of the name of the city. It is "Ciudad Juarez", which in English means "city of Juarez." In the Mexican newspapers and television news, it is always referred to as Cd. Juarez.

Your story does not refer to El Paso by deleting the first word in its name. "El Paso" means "The Pass" in English.

Do you also delete the first word in Los Angeles? That, in Spanish, means The Angels. Or is the first word in San Francisco thrown out? In Spanish it means "Saint Francisco." There are others in the United States: Santa Barbara, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi, meaning "the body of Christ."

What does "Juarez" mean? That is the last name of the first Indian who became president of Mexico. And what was his first name? Benito. The city on the U.S.-Mexico border is not named "Benito Juarez." The name is "Ciudad Juarez."

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