A call for more tact

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Dear Editor:

I felt compelled to write this letter after receiving my March 18 edition of the TR last night. As someone who lives outside of Aledo it has always been my way of keeping a pulse on my hometown.

Needless to say, word still travels quicker than the TR and when I heard of the loss of a wonderful member of our community, my heart and prayers went out to the Hanson family.

As someone who has a lost a loved one to suicide, and is still healing two years later, you can imagine my horror and disappointment when I saw that this particular issue of the TR felt the need to publish the complete details of his death. The last thing I want to do with this letter is open another wound or draw more attention to an already tragic situation but I felt the need to address this.

 For a paper that prides itself in being "Like a member of the family for over a century" it should also have the tact to know when enough is enough.  If you feel it is your journalistic duty to report the results of a coroner's jury, then state the decision and stop there. There is no need to highlight the article with a gray background to make it "pop" and then proceed to give the details of someones death. This is what made up about fifty-percent of your article thus proving you had no compassion for a grieving wife, daughters, son, friends, co-workers and community. To think that you needed to print such a private matter brought you from The Times Record to the Trash Record.

I do not wish this loss on anyone and God forbid it should happen again.  My only wish is that if any article, such as this, surfaces again, you will not only reconsider your ethics in reporting but also recognize that we are a small town and at the end of the day no one really needs to know ALL the news. Thank you for your consideration.


Wendy Thomas

Atlanta, Georgia