It's time again to let some of you get a turn to sound off about what I write in this space.
Every week I examine some crime and justice related topic that captures my attention. You readers don't always agree with my thoughts.
Jose Armas seemed angry about my column on the growing number of felony cases, like ID thefts, traced back to illegal aliens. "The real criminals," he wrote, "Are the employers, the magnets who lure them and hire them with impunity, and then stand silently by as their undocumented workers are demonized by politicos, the media, illegal vigilantes, racists and biased so-call authorities like Dimond who commit media malpractice."
Wait, illegal aliens commit the crimes and I'm the bad guy?! Go figure. And please note, I reject the term 'undocumented workers' as it's a euphemism to disguise the illegality of entering our country without papers.
After I revealed how the TV show C.S.I. incorrectly portrayed the way Crime Stoppers handles tipsters Bruce Goodman, the Chief of Police in Louisville, Colorado steamed, "One television program maligns Crime Stoppers and you are furious because you worry that you will lose the trust of the tipster? Well, I worry about the faith and trust of all of the public we serve and how it is made harder by the unrelenting crap from Hollywood."
For the record, Chief, I cringe when cops (and journalists) are made to look silly on TV but there's not much I can do about it.
On the column about the hundreds of thousands of backlogged, untested DNA rape kits in America Connie Monahan wrote to disagree about the necessity of completing those tests because, "only 20% of cases" involve rape by a stranger.
I disagree. There isn't a court in the land that wouldn't want to introduce DNA results if they were there for the testing - whether the defendant was a stranger or an acquaintance of the victim's. I think Marilyn Novak got it right when she wrote "It's a sign of disrespect for women," that just 150 million dollars would get rid of the rape kit backlog and help take to trial countless suspected rapists.
Patricia Fourdney agrees with my assessment that prostitution is not a victimless crime. "I've always felt that in the case of prostitution the 'wrong party' suffers the pain and penalties .... I felt the same way when the women and children were taken from the LDS compound in Texas. Why didn't they remove the men?!" Good question, Patricia!
The column on presidential candidates who dodge talking about crime brought a memorable reply from John Shelton. He says politicians should be made to fill out a form declaring what they think is wrong in the country and "a solid solution" ... to solve it. Then every newspaper in the nation would have to publish it. Any deviation during their campaign and they would be automatically eliminated. Period."
Dianne Layden took me to task for using the phrase "city fathers" in a column. She wrote, "This term is both sexist and inaccurate." She's right. I apologized to her and to anyone who took offense.
No column garnered as much response as the one in which I declared Mexico to be our enemy for exporting its drug cartel violence to America. I concluded the National Guard should be dispatched to the U.S./Mexican border, like, yesterday.
"As horrific as your message was, it's about time someone said it," wrote William Kenna Jr.. His sentiment was shared by T.M.C. who concluded, "If the United States doesn't be careful, this country will become the United States of Latin America."
Others called me "irresponsible" for neglecting to highlight U.S. gun sales to Mexican terrorists. Yes, some American gun sellers have done business with the cartel and the Mexican government has said many weapons they seize are American made. Seldom are serial numbers or other proof of that claim offered. The L.A. Times reports the cartels military-grade weapons of choice the last year and a half seem to be coming from Central America.
Readers Dick Yeck and Michael Daly took me to task for ignoring "the real problem" in our relationship with Mexico. Yeck wrote, "Dimond should review the basic law of supply and demand, and instead of blaming Mexico for this situation look at the drug demand issue in the United States."
To those critics I say, "Wake up!" Do you really believe that if somehow all the drug addicts in America were cured the violence in Mexico would suddenly stop? I believe the cartel would simply cross our border to commit other types of crimes like bank robberies or kidnappings for ransom.
You may not agree with everything I write in this space but I hope I give you things to think about.
Diane Dimond's official web site is www.DianeDimond.net . She can be reached at Diane@DianeDimond.net