SpeakOut 5/12

Monday, May 12, 2003

Call 471-6636

How inconsiderate are you? I just looked at the front page of my Sunday newspaper and saw a picture of the victim who was stabbed and killed. And of course it wasn't a picture of her like you would see in the obituaries. It was the gory detail of her helpless body lying on the ground while the paramedics tried to give this life another chance. Do you people not have any kind of feelings or sympathy for this woman or her family? I don't know her or anything about her, and I'm sure, you don't either. For all you know, this woman could have had a child or someone dear to her, left behind to grieve and not only do they have to deal with her death, they have to be tormented when they open up the newspaper, and there you go. Someone is there who doesn't even know you or obviously could care less and pour a fistful of salt into your open wound. How cruel! If you have ever lost a loved one, you should know how it hurts, not only to lose someone due to a natural cause, but to lose someone to something that was so unexpected as this. If this were my family, all I can say is God help you and God help me. If it were your mother or sister or daughter, I'll bet it wouldn't be plastered all over the Sunday newspaper, now would it? I think you owe this family an apology. Even if this person doesn't have a family, there is at least one person who does care, and you owe me an apology. This isn't the first time this paper has upset me, either, over such a matter as this. I know you just do your job by telling the news, but you could at least have some kind of couth about that. Print that.

I am calling in response to the picture of the woman who was killed in the stabbing. I don't think the picture should have been published on the front page of the newspaper at all. Think about the woman's family. How would you like it if that were your family member lying there? I could see the blood on her face. I work in the medical field and I know what happens to the families of victims. I wouldn't want to be reminded of this is how my daughter looked at her last moments. I would want to be reminded of good times with her. I just don't think it should have been put in there. I think it was in poor taste of the Standard.

I know of a family who needs a hide-a-bed couch really bad for reasons that I won't go into. If anybody has one to donate or to sell reasonably, please call 667-9036.

I second the idea for the person who said they liked having the carnival at the old Wal-Mart site in Charleston during the Dogwood-Azalea Festival. I also think it was a good idea. The festival is more about flowers, crafts and stuff like that and the carnival, which is mostly for the children, that is where it really needs to be. That is really a great idea and thank you to whoever did it.

I want to SpeakOut about old appliances in people's yards. I have heard that you could take old appliances to a junkyard. Is this true?

We have answered this question twice in recent weeks in SpeakOut. You can take appliances to Paul's Inc. in Sikeston. Call 471-5812 for hours and instructions.