LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Use of picture was poor taste


My mother called in tears asking if I had seen the Wednesday newspaper. I hadn't, so went to grab it and take a look at the front page.

I was completely appalled that the U-B would print a picture of a poor woman still trapped in her overturned car.

Why on earth would such a thing be necessary when there was already a large photo of the car above the story?

If the purpose was to further add to the gore and agony of the story, that was accomplished.

For those of us who have been involved in serious automobile accidents, this type of picture brings up terrible memories. Children who read the newspaper didn't need to see the graphic details of this tragedy. Her family certainly doesn't need to have this printed in such detail for all to see.

This was in very poor taste and I am sickened to see it.

We all know there are horrific accidents around us every day. We want to know what is going on and appreciate those of you who make it their careers to bring us the news.

We understand that major news stories will be covered graphically in national headlines. This kind of picture doesn't add to the details of the story or the picture of the car taken from a distance.

The story of this car accident could have been covered just as thoroughly without printing the picture of the victim still trapped in her car anywhere in the paper, let alone the front page.

I'm truly saddened for this woman and her family. My prayers are with them.

Kathryn Southwick Hess
Walla Walla


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