U.S. Causes Trouble in Mexico!

Driving to Nogales, Arizona, to see my dentist in Nogales, Sonora, I chuckle at giant signs near the U.S.-Mexico border: No weapons or munitions allowed.

In Mexico, nearly 70 percent of the 106,000 guns recovered from 2011 to 2016 by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were traced to the United States.

Stop all those dangerous criminals coming across the border to “rape and rob us?” What a “Catch-22” when most weapons in Mexico originate from our NRA playground.

I want to see the best dentist I’ve found in years, since the ’70s when Dr. Jane Witner in Hanover, New Hampshire, who had shiny lavender equipment and gave me organic fruit juice while I waited.


I’m about to cross to the other side, past the ugly old wall into Mexico. It’s a two-minute walk to Dental Laser through this parking lot. No National Guard in sight.

Dr. Sanchez is a polite young man who doesn’t mess around. He and his able assistant Lupita are so efficient yet laid-back. I don’t mind going to the dentist, after being traumatized last year by the Tucson guy who charged nearly four times as much.

Lupita gets a lavender paper bib for me. She translates for Dr. Sanchez who speaks some English. They both like my hair color, a darker purple than the bib. Lupita chats in Spanish to Dr. Sanchez.

“Uh-huh,” he usually responds.

I complain to Lupita about the trump nightmare, how he needs to be gone. She says, “First they have to catch him!”

“I love refried beans,” she tells me. “I don’t think Americans like them so much.”

“Are you kidding? I hope this doesn’t take long. I can’t wait for La Roca’s refried beans. They’re the best!”


La Roca in Nogales, Sonora, housed in the 1890s hacienda Casa Margot

Connecting with human beings in other parts of the world, well, makes us more human.





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2 Responses to U.S. Causes Trouble in Mexico!

  1. Sheila Lepley says:

    I’ve been thinking of going to Nogales for teeth cleaning. What’s his name/phone number/address. How do you make an appointment? How do you pay him…pesos or dollars. How did you find out about him and have you been seeing him for a long time? This would be so much fun to get my teeth cleaned down there.

  2. sheilawill says:

    Dental Laser has a website and Tucson phone number. Pay with credit card. more than 20 dentists practice there; my dentist DR. Sanchez is a crown specialist but he said he’ll do my next cleaning/exam in August. I’ve only heard excellent reports about DL.

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