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Use of term was offensive

I was extremely offended to find a derogatory term for illegal aliens published in the second paragraph of a March 8 news story ("Hero back in Salvador is a 'criminal' in Utah").

Though the story tried to paint a sympathetic portrait of an illegal alien living in Utah, the offensive term was not appropriate, nor does it represent the language used by the vast majority of Utahns.

I would imagine that the Deseret News would refuse to publish other offensive racial epithets. Why did the paper decide to make an exception in this case? I believe an apology is in order.

Abel Keogh

Ogden