Even as the 46-year-old ship sank slowly into the ocean, scuba divers from as far away as Germany were inquiring about diving tours. Tourist promoters say the artificial reef will boost tourist revenues by 20 percent.
WHAT TOOK SO LONG — Why, after all these years, are 30-year-old sexual abuse cases coming out now? Don't get me wrong. These things happen, and as a Catholic, I am saddened and confused.
What boggles my mind is, why did the victims wait so long to come out and say these things happened to them. There are cases that when the victims did come out, the church handled the cases in its own way…
I am not saying this because I am Catholic, but if you are being sexually abused, you need to tell someone right away. Waiting so long makes it seem like some of these cases are bogus and the "victims" want a monetary settlement.
It would be a really sick thing to accuse innocent people of something as horrid as sexual abuse but we live in an age when there are people who would do something so low for money. — Heartsick, Calexico
We trimmed your letter but we could read your pain between the lines. You don't want to punish the victim but it would be so much more comfortable to believe none of this happened.
An El Centro man had another take on the problem….
A SIMPLE SOLUTION — The sexual molestation of children is a crime. I think any Catholic priest who molests a child should be arrested and anybody who covers up for the molester should also be arrested. — Had Enough, El Centro
We hope you also think the suspects should be given a fair trial. We would hate to see this turn into a witch hunt.
The sad but necessary outcome may be for parents to keep a closer eye on their children — and be suspicious of any adult who takes an inordinate interest in them.
ANOTHER SEARCH — I am looking for an old high school friend, Rube Laviaga. He graduated in 1991 from Calexico High School. I have been trying to locate him for six years.
His mom, Maria, may be living in El Centro. I think his sister, Maribel, moved to Texas. I will be watching your newspaper for an answer to my quest. — Searcher, no address
OK, Rube, if you're out there, let us know if you want to be found. All we know about the letter writer is he or she signed it "Liah."