Letters to the Editor

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Tag: boston marathon

Feb.
3rd

BOMBING: Cost for death penalty too high?

While emotions may run hot to see the Boston bombing suspect get the death penalty (TNT, 1-31), is it really worth the price tag to the taxpayer? It usually costs somewhere around $50,000 a year to keep a prisoner incarcerated, maybe as high as $65,000.

To put this suspected terrorist on trial with all the countless appeals he is granted under the law, he wouldn’t get anywhere near the death chamber for at least 12 to 15 years; $20 million or more would be spent in legal expenses. He could be kept in prison for more than 230 years

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July
18th

BOMBING: Rolling Stone stoops low to sell magazines

Today I awoke feeling insulted, demeaned and used. Last night on the news I saw that Rolling Stone is running a picture on their cover of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber.

I am appalled that a supposedly legitimate publication would stoop so low to sell magazines. This is not journalism, but what I would simply call usury at its worst. The primary focus here is nor whether or not he is guilty, but rather that they glorified the act he is accused of. They even selected a picture that makes him look more like a young rock star,

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May
10th

MEDIA: No coverage of corporate crimes

The media obsess over the Boston bombing, trying desperately to turn it into a story about the usual suspects: brown-skinned foreign invaders. The media obsess over the lurid trial of Jody Arias, as if she is world-shaking news. The media obsess over the titillating story of Amanda Knox or the latest sex crimes in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, the media ignore the much more significant crimes of corporate deregulation. A whole town is devastated in Texas. More than 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh die for our fashion industry. The Massey Energy Company in West Virginia kills or terrorizes its miners.

Halliburton and

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April
22nd

MEDIA: Arrogant analysis of the Boston bombing

We now know who the murderers re who planted the bombs killing and injuring innocent people at the Boston Marathon. Until now we have been treated to the arrogant media – print and electronic – telling us that the culprits are most likely right-wingers who are angry at the government because of taxes (MSNBC). Or the fervent hope that the perp was a white man and not a Muslim (Slate).

Really? It reminds me of the instant analysis on ABC that the shooter at the Colorado movie theater might have ties with the tea party. Or that the shooting in

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April
22nd

TNT: Photo of suspect shouldn’t have been published

I was shocked to see The News Tribune publishing a photo Saturday of the captured Boston Marathon suspect. The story is disturbing enough. Publishing that blurry but still identifiable still photo from a video was unnecessary. It added nothing to the story except a prurient aspect that does not belong in a quality newspaper’s coverage. I don’t want to see that sort of thing again.

That boy was injured, unconscious and in an ambulance. What he is alleged to have done is horrifying. Don’t add to it by printing a photo of his bloody, nearly naked body undergoing medical care.

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April
22nd

TERROR: No mystery to Boston bombings

The motivation of the Boston bombers is no mystery. Hundreds of millions of Muslims embrace jihad to rule the world. We are their main enemy, with troops in many Muslim countries, the latest Jordan, so we could intervene in yet another Muslim country, Syria. Our drones kill innocent Muslims, and we make it possible for Israel to rule millions of Palestinians.

What we are doing has failed, so let’s pull out of Muslim countries, stop bombing, control immigration for our safety and condition aid to Israel on a Palestinian state.

April
17th

TERRORISM: Background check to buy pressure cooker?

What we have learned from the Boston Marathon tragedy is that pressure cookers, in the wrong hands, can be lethal.

A viable solution to prevent this from happening again is to have all pressure cookers registered. And anyone who purchases a pressure cooker should have a complete background check.

Of course, this won’t account for stolen ones or those bought and sold at cooking shows. But it would be a start, and those loopholes could be addressed in the future.

April
17th

TERRORISM: TNT headline confusing

Re: “Did terrorist bombs stun Boston Marathon?” (TNT, 4-16).

This headline confused me. Most third-graders could tell you that someone setting off bombs in a crowd is a terrorist, so you must not be asking if (generic) terrorists did it. OK, then you must be wondering if the bombs stunned the Boston Marathon. Again, the answer to that is self-evident; so that must not be it.

That leads me to believe one or both of the following. Either The News Tribune assumes we believe there is only one kind of terrorist –  i.e., foreign/Islamist in nature – and wants us

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