January 23rd, 2007

typing monkey

Letter to the Editor...

Well my snow day is being cut short, I have to head out shortly and deliver some materials for a job we're trying to finish up tomorrow. Fun fun fun.

However, I just noticed that the El Paso Times published a letter to the editor that I sent in last week (it's the last one). I'm not thrilled with how they edited it (especially given that I had to fiddle with it in the first place to make it fit within their 200 word limit), but it still feels good to know they printed it. So far I'm two for two in having letters to the editor printed :-).

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Edit: Oh, and for folks not up on this little debacle. Here's some background:

One of many articles in favor of the Agents

and several releases from the:

U.S. Attorney, Western District of Texas

explaining the reasons why the agents were prosecuted (in particular the Myth Vs Reality (pdf) fact sheet is interesting).

Basically two border patrol agents who shot an (apparently) unarmed man in the back (note that other agents are saying that they never saw a gun) are now being heralded by some dingbats as "courageous heroes" who are being persecuted by the government for "doing their job"

Edit #2: For the record, I wrote my letter before reading any of the stuff from the US Attorney. Mostly I wrote it out of frustration at how many people seemed to be rallying besides these guys (largely because border patrol agents keep "them" (i.e. undesireables) out) regardless of what they might have done wrong. I don't like regular people who commit violent crimes, but I'm terrified of law enforcement people who commit violent crimes and then hide behind their badges.
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