I would just like to point out, and this may be out of the bounds of this discussion, that most conservatives dont disagree with government programs because they are against helping people who deserve help. I think that this is a misconception. Conservatives are against government involvement in people's lives because we believe that the government (1) doesnt have the constitutional right to do these things, (2) almost always hurts those that it intends to help, and (3) this largess being doled out by politicians compounds corruption and is destructive to our representative form of government.
While i do commiserate with the feelings of the family in this tragedy, i wonder why the funeral practices of aliens warrants a front page article in the Chattanooga Times. It seems that, with increasing regularity, this paper is taking steps to show the community the "heart and soul" of the alien community in a not-too-well concealed effort to combat the increasingly overwelming public opinion that illegal immigration should be halted and that those who have entered this country illegal should be returned to their homes.
I respect this writer's sympathy for the families involved in these tragedies. The only thing i dont appreciate is that this paper tends to be biased towards, and tends to print articles that support, illegal aliens and their communities. A simple search of Chattanooga Times articles with the keyword "immigration" shows article after article bemoaning the plite of illegal aliens and article after article complaining of how they are not treated fairly. Articles such as "Immigration legal system does not protect rights" "Immigrants face detention, few rights" and "Georgia: Immigration in reverse" are just a few examples.
Other glaring examples of this bias are two articles about Dalton:"Bustling Ethnic East Side of Dalton" and "An empty feeling." The first article tells us about the quaint changes that have occured in the East side of this Georgia Town, but, while it does point out the ice cream vendors , the "bittersweet changes", and the "comforts in a foreign land" it entirely misses the hispanic gang signs painted throughout the region on a regular basis. "An empty feeling" is an article about how the job crisis in America is affecting those that dont have the right to work here in the first place.
America is made of people of all creeds religions and nationalities, i can appreciate and respect that. Indeed, i wish this paper would concentrate more on issues affecting the whole community instead of interjecting all issues into one in order to create sympathy with the public for those who have come here illegally and violated the laws of our nation. I, for one, do not bemoan the hardships that individuals (illegal alien or not) find themselves in because of actions that they choose to engage in. Especially when those actions are against the law and disrespectful to the rules of the community where they live.
I feel as if this paper is attempting to promote a political agenda with reporting that is increasingly one-sided and contrary to the law in regards to Immigration issues. Since this political stance has been made, i will use the only political response that a citizen has when dealing with the private sector: i will "vote" with my dollars on other periodicals and with businesses other than those who advertise with this paper.