program on free trade. He is greeted by polite silence and a quick change of subject. He does not seem to comprehend that his offer is seen as crass, as an insult to the objectivity of the media. Perhaps that is because this man understands more about the local border culture than do people from interior Region-Five places like Dallas. It is no secret, for instance,that Suzanne Michaels, El Paso’s best-looking and highestrated news anchorwoman, has been working a second job at a trade publication financed, published and edited by maquila developers, that comes out monthly on cassette tape \(perfect listening, the promotional literature says, for twin-plant executives “waiting in line to Suzanne Michaels’ crisp voice is promoted in this talking magazine as that of “news anchor for the ABC-TV affiliate station in El Paso.” On the cassettes, she cheerily recites such events as “the recent visit of Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and U.S. President George Bush!” and “the just-concluded Border Trade’ Alliance Conference, held in Washington, D.C.!” It is not clear who writes the news scripts for this publication. Suzanne’s own writing, however in the magazine’s “Bienvenidos” section ,-describes her view of the border. It is, she says, “an entity all its own, a curious combination simmering ethnicity, languages and customs into a blend as spicy as a bowl of chile.” Suzanne invites her audience to read the mag azine and listen to the tapes, since “There’s nothing like a good bowl of chile.” *** The Pan American Health Organization, which has assisted in the cholera conference at UTEP, distributes to journalists a xeroxed publication from its parent World Health Organization, titled The Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Programme. The programme, which has been designed for places like Bangladesh, advises the sanitation authorities of affected countries that “Funerals for those who die of cholera should be held quickly, near the place of death. Efforts should be made, through intensive health education or by legislation, to limit funeral gatherings, ritual washing of the dead, or feasting.” At the conference of reporters, I ponder this advice, thinking about our own gatherings, our feastings and washings. I thumb through the other programme, of the Hispanic journalists, and see that at the bottom some wag no doubt from the El Paso Times or the Herald-Post has inserted this bowdlerized quote from Graham Greene: “How can life on the border be other than reckless. You are pulled by different ties of love and hate.” I go home, wondering if my husband is awake yet. Before I get a chance to find out, Perla is at the door. Mira, she says happily, pointing to her bag of limes. Inexplicably, the Department of Agriculture has just legalized their importation. They’re a popular item in my neighborhood, and now Perla won’t have to worry about having her wares seized at the river or about ringing that man’s bell. Now she’s free to trade. As for Chuyito, unfortunately he still has diarrhea. But she has taken him to a doctor, and she is hopeful. 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