I am sorry to have been enormously disappointed by your publication earlier this week, having read garbage in the Aug. 13 edition of The TIMES.
I have lived in Maple Ridge all my life. I have had two previous letters published in your paper since 2003, and I was truly astounded that such biased nonsense, as was written by Dell Krauchi [Call me anti-gay not homophobic, Aug. 13, The TIMES] was published in the same paper where I was so proud to see my own work.
I was frankly shocked that his letter was not only not dismissed out of hand by your staff, but was actually supported to the point of publishing it.
I have been reading about what has been happening in Russia, and I am aghast that apparently the same thing is happening in my hometown.
We live in the GVRD. We have a world-renowned gay pride parade, and recently, we’ve had rainbow crosswalks painted in Vancouver.
This is the direction in which Greater Vancouver is moving. Publishing this garbage could only have had two motives:
a) To get more people to write opinion pieces, which a blatant way for you to get attention for your paper by using/abusing an already bullied cultural group
b) Because you actually actively support these views, despite there being no real difference between homophobia and racism or sexism.
Both of these motives is monstrous and disgusting, especially for a small-town paper.
The only real difference between homophobia and other prejudices (such as those I’ve named above) is that this is today’s hot-button issue, whereas the other issues have since been culturally defined as wrong (and in some cases, legally wrong).
The bottom line is that it is wrong to judge a group based on what they practice, how they were born, or what they believe.
If someone had written to your paper saying “women are stupid” or “other races are disgusting,” you would never have published it.
At least, I want to believe that.
Don’t mistake me for a person who doesn’t believe in free speech, but I do believe in people being kind and good, and society supporting people who are.
Prejudice, of any kind, against any group (be they racial, gender, or cultural), is wrong, and in my opinion, negates a person’s right to state their opinion publicly – particularly if their opinion is slanderous.
We cannot help how we feel – we all know that. All we can control is our actions. Your actions, and Dell Krauchi’s actions: of putting this letter into print – were wrong.
Kiley Crossby, Maple Ridge
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