In response to H.G. Reza's article titled "To Serve and Sacrifice" (Aug. 15), I do not dispute whether Jose Vargas, a police officer with the Santa Ana Police Department, is a good law enforcement officer. His record appears to speak for itself. What I dispute is the fact that he is able to have ever become a police officer, given his criminal history. I am speaking of his many illegal entries into the U.S. from Mexico. This is a classic example of how muddled the difference between right and wrong has become. It used to be that most people had shame for the crimes they committed and would understandably conceal this fact. However, Officer Vargas apparently has no shame for his criminal past and, in fact, is celebrated in Reza's article.