News story shouldn’t have mentioned arrest

Published 11:08 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009

To the Editor:

Regarding your article on Friday, Jan. 9 (“Capron man killed in wreck on Route 671”): As you must know, many friends and family members of the victim probably read your newspaper.

What service did you provide them with when mentioning an arrest of the deceased? I’m sure had he been found guilty at trial you would have had a legitimate news story.

I understand your need to fill space on the pages of your newspaper. But it appears you have attempted to dishonor the individual prior to a guilty verdict. You obviously didn’t consider the feelings of anyone who might have known the deceased.

We never met the victim and we didn’t know the other accused, but the disservice you did him and his family is disgusting. Perhaps compassion and good sense are not taught in journalism school these days.

In the future, when “cutting your teeth” on events important to the community, try to stick to relevant facts and limit the filler.

Paul Hastings and Kelli Tharp