In your October 18 issue, I was extremely disappointed by the contents of Grant Pick's article titled "Fanning the Flames." Displaying the mug shots of the two gang members on the front page as if they committed the crime of the century.
The article was a class act of sensational journalism. The final analysis of it painted a grim outlook on the Assyrians. It was aimed at slandering and discrediting the Assyrian people's integrity and character as a whole. He, the author, neglected to offer historical background or mention any redeeming values that the Assyrians might have contributed to this community.
The majority of the Assyrian community are God-fearing law-abiding citizens. Some of them have even served and died for this great country of ours. The Assyrian people can easily relate to such events, for they too have witnessed the same kind of malicious acts on their religious sites, back in their homeland, by ruling regimes.
I for one categorically denounce such heinous acts if indeed committed by these perpetrators, or anyone else for that matter. I also find it rather ironic to brand this incident an "anti-Semitic" one--where these convicted felons are of Semitic origins to begin with. This particular incident should be classified as nothing more than an isolated case of gang vandalism.