Letters to the Editor

Bad pairing

June 10, 2008


To the editor:

After looking at the front page of the June 9 edition of the Journal-World I have to ask the question: Did anyone at the J-W read the front page before it was printed? Putting the puff piece about "carrying heat" next to the tragic story of two people murdered was beyond belief.

Have you no mind or heart at all? Here are two people dead - young people, shot to death with a gun - and you run an article next to it about some reporter twirling in front of a mirror to see how his gun looks! Three lives lost (including a 16-year-old who may spend the rest of his life in prison) and you run an article about some reporter and his new gun.

What about the gun that killed the two young men on Delaware Street? Perhaps the fellow who wrote the article about "carrying heat" will someday interview the young man who was also "carrying heat" on Delaware Street and the two of them can chat about what to wear and where to wear a loaded deadly weapon in Lawrence. Talk about mindless journalism - you guys take the cake on Monday!

Sad, sad, sad.

Jim McCrary,



just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 11 months ago

"The war must be going good since threads like this are an issue."Yes, the wanton death and destruction industry is going like gangbusters.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 11 months ago

RestoreReason's first comment is spot-on. Completely destroys the letter writer's point.

MattressMan 9 years, 11 months ago

Life is a b*tch huh Jim, I'd say buy the paper and you can print it how you see fit so as not to hurt anyones feelings.

RedwoodCoast 9 years, 11 months ago

Well, it sounds like poor taste to me. So is it a compare and contrast situation? Are we supposed to surmise that exhibit A is the improper way to possess a gun and that exhibit B is the proper way?By the way, STRS, I recall yesterday when you reacted to this shooting by saying that it was a good example of concealed-carry in action. Well, it would seem to me that, in this case, maybe these people shouldn't have had guns at all. It sounds like they were living the kind of life where they thought a gun might come in handy. Are those the sort of people you advocate legally carrying?

Jim Phillips 9 years, 11 months ago

I think y'all are giving LJW editors too much credit for rational thought. My guess is that it was purely a coincidence and accidental.

Amy Bartle 9 years, 11 months ago

I liked the piece about "packing heat". It really showed the absurdity of a law that permits regular folks to carry a gun. It's ironic that the unfortunate murders of two young people happened just when the last part of this series ran. It shows that even though one can go through all the proper processes to legally own a gun, it really doesn't matter because criminals can easily obtain them illegally. It will be interesting to find out where the criminal in this recent case obtained his gun. It could have belonged to a family member, who knows? The ability to carry a gun does not make one any safer.

George_Braziller 9 years, 11 months ago

MattressMan - Another example of people who type faster than they read. Did you even comprehend what Jim was saying? It isn't any different than having a fluff piece about "Dating 80 Year Old Women Because They Don't Eat Much on a Date" next to an article that has a headline "Octogenerian Raped and Strangled After Offering Sandwich to Handyman."Do you get it now? Probably not.-------------------------------------------------------------------------MattressMan (Anonymous) says: Life is a b*tch huh Jim, I'd say buy the paper and you can print it how you see fit so as not to hurt anyones feelings.

George_Braziller 9 years, 11 months ago

Marion the letter was about bad taste and insensitivity. It has nothing to do with politics.

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