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Pat McMahon

No gracias

All right! Let's start the routine. It's always the same. I tell you I won't drive anywhere in Mexico and then that gives some of you the opportunity to respond by telling me that you've been driving in Mexico for years and you've never had any trouble.

Then my rejoinder is that while I love Mexico's culture and hospitality and will fly to any location with an airport, I refuse to drive. At this point, you usually tell me that Mexico's crime reputation is created by the media and it's no more dangerous than Phoenix on a Saturday night.

That's when I say "Really? Let's ask the Maldonados." That Phoenix family is the most recent example of the way the justice system can be misused in Mexico.

And the group most upset, most embarrassed and most negatively affected by Mexican corruption is Mexicans. They don't want to live in a society where bribery is a major industry, but so far nobody seems able to change it. So I'll just keep north on my GPS.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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