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Comments by Indonesia's Culture and Tourism Minister on Fighting Terrorism with Tourism and an Interesting Picture Taken in Kuta Prompted Readers to Write In.

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(10/18/2004)'s recent coverage [Fighting Terrorism with Tourism] prompted a number of letters from readers. Here's just two letters selected from the many we received:

ē Reader Don Bloye had these comments, including warm salutations to Indonesia's new President:

"I applaud Minister Ardika and his wishes for a greater tourism basis in Indonesia. I will be bringing a group of 12 scuba divers into Bali at the end of this month and we continue on to Wakatobi (Editor's Note: An island dive resort south of Sulawesi). Everyone is very excited and looking forward to this trip although they know and understand the problems brought on by radicals. We are divers, therefore citizens of the World, and harbor hostilities toward no persons. I have lead dive groups to Bali and beyond for a number of years and have truly fallen in love with the Indonesian People - some of the most gently and sincere on earth! We all send much encouragement and luck to Minister Ardika and the new leadership, President Yudhoyono. We are again looking forward to making some new friends!"

ē A reader in Singapore, David Bernard, feels there's still much to be done to improve security in Bali:

"It's great what the minister says, but as a frequent visitor to Bali (I feel) basic security leaves much to be desired ... Especially as the terrorists have probably caught on to the fact that their biggest 'success' has been here in Bali. After all, the bombs in Jakarta only succeeded in killing mainly Indonesians; only in Bali have they been successful in murdering foreigners. I constantly ask the question as to why on busy nights there are no police checkpoints at the end of Dyanapura street and 66 street stopping and checking cars, instead sometimes you see a few policemen with no barricade ... very easy for a determined suicide bomber to drive through. Maybe it should be up to the bar operators to recognize that by providing this security they can increase their business as guests will be more comfortable visiting their bars when their is some assurance that there is a higher level of security - perhaps similar to that provided at the entrance to establishments such as Ku DeTa."

ē Another reader took a snapshot of a "unique" pedestrian crossing in downtown Kuta that we include at for our reader's enjoyment.

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