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CRIME: Copper wire theft more than a ‘nuisance’

Letter by Ronald Moen, Spanaway on July 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm with No Comments »
July 18, 2013 2:27 pm

Your headline on the front-page article (TNT, 7-16) about copper wire thievery uses the word “nuisance,” as if it were akin to playing music too loudly. Further on in the article, the robbers are referred to as “pilferers,” as if they were taking pencils home from the office.

I doubt those from whom the wire was stolen would characterize the act as a “nuisance.” They likely think of it as grand larceny.

For your paper to use those terms diminishes the severity of the act and serves to encourage rather than discourage similar criminal behavior. It reveals your attitude toward lawlessness as merely an inconvenience to all law-abiding people.

 

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