Letters to the Editor

Missing story

February 2, 2011


To the editor:

I just finished reading the Friday paper, and imagine my shock and dismay on finding NO stories about the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy. While I am sorry about the ball player losing so many family members in such a short amount of time, I feel that it didn’t exactly merit front page coverage. Or the picture on the third page of the student waiting to buy tickets to Saturday’s game.

This space could have been put to better use by honoring the seven Americans who died on that horrific day. Everyone complains that the Internet is ruining the world, but, hey, at least we get good news coverage on there, something we evidently can’t count on from our local paper.


Confrontation 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow. Maybe the LJWorld should just start including only stories from 25 years ago. Why on earth would people be more interested in something that happened recently? It's not like we don't get to see stuff about the Challenger every single year.

The story on Thomas Robinson and the Jayhawk community was much more interesting and meaningful to the local community than rehashing the Challenger story. If you want to obsess about it, then feel free to surf the web and stress over it. Otherwise, crawl back into your fallout shelter and listen to Fox News.

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 3 months ago

No kidding. It was 25 years ago. There have been many, many more tragedies since then.

Just how many years have to pass before we are allowed to stop "celebrating" tragedies? Do those of us who were alive during the time of a certain tragedy all have to die off? I sure hope not.

Betty Bartholomew 7 years, 3 months ago

Maybe it's relative to the number of people who died. We're coming up on 10 years since Twin Towers, and I'm sure that's going to be rehashed for decades yet to come.

However, the Oklahoma bombing is coming up on 16 years, far fewer people were killed, and you hardly hear anything about it anymore.

kernal 7 years, 3 months ago

It's possible the LJW didn't cover that story since it was mentioned by most of the major news sites. As you said, Ms Guy, it is a twenty-five year old story that happened elsewhere.

LJW is first and foremost a local paper covering local news.

middleagedinthemidwest 7 years, 3 months ago

i agree with ms. guy. it did happen, even if it was 25 years ago, and the seven who died deserved to be remembered, even if it was just a few lines in the "news from 25 years ago" section. i still remember what i was doing when i heard about it, but i imagine that most of you who commented probably weren't even born yet, or you wouldn't be so callous about it. it is okay to comment with your view points, you just don't have to be rude to do so. must be ku students or alumni.

SeaFox 7 years, 3 months ago

Maybe if the Challenger astronauts had been former KU basketball players the LJWorld would have mentioned the anniversary.

Sometimes it feels like this local paper is so locally focused they can't see there's a world beyond the Hill.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 3 months ago

It wasn't just the Challenger that happened that day. The three astronauts of Apollo 1 also died on the launch pad that date, almost exactly 19 years apart (although technically Apollo1 happened on the 27th). I know this because it's my birthday and every birthday I have I get nervous for NASA. It's odd that the only fatalities NASA has ever had have all been essentially around the same day (Apollo1 1/27, Challenger 1/28 and Columbia on 2/1). NASA has a website in memory of all three at http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/dor11/ .

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 3 months ago

By the way, this was not only 38 years ago but even happened in another country. January 30th was the anniversary of the Bogside Massacre aka "Bloody Sunday" when the British government opened fire on it's own citizens. 14 unarmed people, all male, were shot in cold blood by the British Army in the streets of Derry. Half of them were teenagers. A third of them were killed attempting to help others that were injured to safety. Five of those killed were shot in the back. One was murdered with his hands in the air yelling, "Don't shoot!". Another was murdered while waving a white handkerchief as he attempted to drag another man to safety. A Catholic priest, also waving a white handkerchief, was shot (although not killed. There were 12 injured that didn't die.) while attempting to assist another to safety. Bernadette Devlin, a member of Parliament and representative from Derry, was a direct witness of the events that day, yet she was refused the opportunity to speak about it in Parliament. "Following the events of Bloody Sunday Bernadette Devlin, an Independent Socialist nationalist MP from Northern Ireland, expressed anger at what she perceived as government attempts to stifle accounts being reported about the day. Having witnessed the events firsthand, she was later infuriated that she was consistently denied the chance to speak in Parliament about the day, although parliamentary convention decreed that any MP witnessing an incident under discussion would be granted an opportunity to speak about it in the House. Devlin punched Reginald Maudling, the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the Conservative government, when he made a statement to Parliament on the events of Bloody Sunday stating that the British Army had fired only in self-defence. She was temporarily suspended from Parliament as a result of the incident." It took almost FORTY YEARS and two official inquiries before the British Government accepted responsibility for the massacre and admitted fault. The final report of the second commission wasn't made public until June of 2010, just this past year, thirty eight years after the incident.

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