Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
I'd like to respond to several recent VND letter writers.
In his letter “Guns, God & drugs” (April 5), Rudy Gagliardi links a litany of societal ills with the lack of prayer in school. How paradoxical!
What underlies most societal ills is some form of irrationality. The prescription — embrace irrationality via our educational system being a conduit for religion — is a recipe for a theocratic regime to enforce obedience.
It's true that most marriages involve heterosexuals and procreation, but the letter “Be clear when criticizing gays” (March 15) would have us believe homosexuals have their own logic.
The writer, Archie Atkinson, should realize homosexuals and same-sex-union advocates believe that just because most marriages are heterosexual, that doesn't make gay marriages illogical or wrong.
Atkinson also refers to heterosexual and homosexual relationships as “normal” and “living hell,” respectively. That's a moral judgement based upon facts entirely irrelevant to morality.
And as Sterling Sorrow writes in “In defense of gay marriage” (March 10), “the Constitution, not the Bible, is the law of the land. We don't live in a theocracy where the word of God is law.” He is absolutely correct. Those seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage are, essentially, advocating a Christian version of Sharia law.
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