On a first-name basis

November 17, 2008

The Journal Gazette does a typical “life is tough in the shadows when you fear being rounded up any minute” heart-tugger:

Pilar can turn on her radio or television and hear Spanish broadcasts. At most specialty grocery stores or Mexican taquería , she can pick up a local Spanish-language newspaper.

But for Pilar and her counterparts in northeast Indiana’s community of illegal Hispanic immigrants, nothing beats good, old-fashioned chisme  – gossip.

“Everyone gossips,” Pilar said in Spanish. (Because of her immigration status, The Journal Gazette is using only her first name.)

I wonder if the JG would pull that “first names only” stunt if this were a bank robber or a burglar. As a matter of fact, would law enforcement let them get away with it, or would some reporter be hauled in front of a grand jury? Says a lot about where we are on this issue, doesn’t it? It’s like the old littering laws, but on a much grander scale. The law is routinely ignored by everybody, but everybody knows it’s there and can be called upon on the whims of the powers that be. Really reinforces a respect for the law, doesn’t it?


5 Responses to “On a first-name basis”

  1. Larry Morris Says:

    Yes, either enforce the law or get it off the books, …

  2. Bob G. Says:

    Amen to that!


  3. tim zank Says:

    In the eyes of the “journalist” (and I use that term loosely) these folks aren’t lawbreakers, they’re VICTIMS. They are to be protected at all costs from our oppressive system of laws.

    Just to point out how fair the “journalists” are, just watch where your name pops up if you get nailed for a misdemeanor DUI or get popped paying for a piece of $%^….

    Oh yeah, the press is fair.

  4. Bob G. Says:

    …About as “fair” as a pair of loaded dice, eh Tim?

    (except for a very, very few)

  5. tim zank Says:

    Amen Bobby!! Present company (Leo) excluded of course!!!

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