Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Should we point a finger?

First, I'd like to send my condolences to the family of Margarita Guardado.

It's a horrible thing that has happened to that family. My question is: Why is it that 90 percent of the crimes that I read about in this valley (especially the violent ones) are committed by Hispanics? Now, being from Texas, I am familiar with the Hispanic population and the challenges they face, especially in light of the immigration issues in this country.

Hispanics have always (in my experience) demanded respect as a culture. What kind of respect is deserved when 90 percent of crimes are committed by someone with a Hispanic last name? My family moved to this valley last year to take advantage of the great schools and environment, but I'd be a liar if I said it wasn't also to get out of a crime-ridden city where Hispanics are the majority. Now, I'm sure you're thinking I am a racist, but I believe it's just an awareness of the truth. And I realize not all Hispanics are criminals, but it is something to ponder. Solution unknown. Just the view of a valley citizen. I'm sure I am not the only one who feels this way.

Richard Hood


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