I'm not going to address this story with my usual eloquence, going on and on and shredding the myth
that illegal immigration is a "victimless"
crime, (Suspect admits he abducted, raped girl, 7
,), Indianapolis Star,May 24, 2007).
But you might want to drop a note to reporter Vic Ryckaert (e-mail him
) asking why he (or his editor) made readers wait until the seventh paragraph before learning that Jonathan Castillo is here illegally.
Among the very first things I learned as a young reporter was that my first responsibility was to our paper's readers. Today, sadly, that rule stands in line behind other priorities, e.g., "do nothing to annoy the 'immigrant community' ''
(especially those who buy ad space).