Archive for Sunday, July 30, 2017

Letter to the editor: Keep private

July 30, 2017


To the editor:

I am writing to you today as a mother, daughter, wife, sister and an outraged member of this community. On July 21, you printed an appalling story about a tragic wreck that occurred last weekend involving Jesse del Campo and Officer Robert Heafey. Rather than choosing to show the family a little respect and compassion, you print such a story on the day the family is burying their loved one and is obviously coming together to grieve.

How dare you hold the members of your community in such little regard that you would rush to print such a story about the details of an accident report. In addition to a grieving family, you also have a brave police officer who is recovering and grieving too. If the details of the accident report do prove to be true, he may indeed have to answer for his error in judgment, but it doesn’t overshadow all the good he has done for this community.

Are you so desperate to try and pretend that you are a newspaper competing with the larger news media outlets, exposing the deep, dark skeletons of the rich and famous? Get your head out of the clouds. You are a struggling entity who is a part of a community of friends and family, taking care of each other. Keep treating your friends and family like this, and they’ll put you out of business for good.


Beth Ann Bittlingmayer 8 months, 3 weeks ago

7 years ago my son died. I too experienced an invasion of privacy directly following his death, though not by this news outlet. Please display empathy for people who are experiencing devastating losses. If a story is news worthy, out of respect for those who are grieving, please think about the timing. It should be handled with sensitivity.

Louis Kannen 8 months, 3 weeks ago

One would hope that compassion would always be paramount to the typical "...hey, here's the VERY LATEST BREAKING NEWS, brought to you by none other than the folks here at...!!! " The Eagle's Glen Frey, RIP, summed it up perfectly in 1982's 'Dirty Laundry'. Isn't it interesting how our Country's ongoing course, crude, civility-lacking downward spiral continues to impact so many Countries around our World in such ' wondrous ways...' We should be proud.

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