Re: The Tico Times is gone
- Thank you, Katya, for your recognition of the Tico Times. It sounds like you and I were both in Costa Rica during the 1980s and 90s, a time of great ferment and change that reflected the true values of this small and unique country. The Tico Times was always in the forefront of environmental reporting, supporting the policies that enabled Costa Rica to build its ecotourism industry, and holding feet to the fire when Costa Rica's environmental ideals were not lived up to.
The La Penca bombing, in which Tico Times reporter Linda Frazier died, and in which several Tico and Central American journalists were killed or maimed, was something that affected everyone in the region. Again, the Tico Times was courageously in the forefront of investigations into who was responsible for the bombing, with investigative journalism unequalled by any news coverage anywhere.
The illegal airstrip in Guanacaste, the Iran Contra scandal, the reasons why Oscar Arias was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the protests of the goldminers from Corcovado, all this was covered reliably in depth by the Tico Times.
The Tico Times scooped all other Costa Rican media by reporting on a road built through Tortuguero National Park in the 90s, prompting officials to stop the project before it was completed.
Reading the Tico Times was part of my week, an indispensable resource during the 30 years I was involved with The New Key to Costa Rica.
I feel deep gratitude to Dery Dyer for her principles and dedication and mourn the loss of the Tico Times print version.