Reader letters, July 22

Jul 19, 2013

Thanks for the column

To the editor:

This is a little late, but I just read your article on Michael Hastings. Sad!

I do not disagree with what he did or said — Rolling Stone judgment on cover stories is another story.

But have you criticized NBC for its deliberately misleading editing of the 911 Zimmerman tape? Or the New York Times for its White Hispanic reference? Advocacy journalism belongs on the opinion pages.

Michael Harris

Palm Beach Gardens and Waynesville

Examine scouting piece

To the editor:

This is a response to the July 17 column “Obese Boy Scout” by John Taylor that appeared in the sports section.

My purpose is not to give my opinion of the Boy Scouts of America but rather a critique of the journalism displayed in this article, which has become widespread in the new media, blurring the facts to express opinion.

Let’s start with the definition of Morbid Obesity: 1. The condition of weighing two or more times the ideal weight: so called because it is associated with many serious life-threatening disorders. 2. 100 pounds over ideal weight or body mass index over 40. Source: Free Dictionary by Farlex.

According to the column, Daren Smith, a spokesman for the BSA, said in a statement to ABC News, “The rules were published many years in advance.”

If this is correct their parents should have had that knowledge and discussed them with their son and taken appropriate action if needed to meet these requirements.

Now lets get to journalism. The title “Obese Boy Scout Excluded.” This subject, obesity, has nothing to do with religion or sexual orientation, which are included in this article. These references should have been edited out by the paper editors or the article moved to the opinion section. These remarks were not appropriate for the sports section.

Since this article will be printed in the editorial section, I will give my opinion. Lawsuits have become a major part of American society today.

If allowing a boy that’s 100 pounds overweight to participate in physically demanding, high adventure activities gets injured or ill due to his morbid obesity, what would you do?

Turville Inman



(Editor’s note: The item in question was a column on the sports page and included a photo of the columnist, denoting the contents is an opinion piece.)

Comments (1)
Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Jul 24, 2013 08:27

       George Zimmerman(no relation, I hope) calls himself  "white-hispanic".

       How nice for him his father was a long time judge who resided in the Sanford courthouse. Mother still works there.

       George went hunting. Plain and simple. He had not done so before. His gun made the difference. But still, he did not have to shoot. It was not neccessary whatsoever. Even still he could have only wounded Travon. But he chose to kill. George will have to live with his actions the rest of his life. His final judgement awaits. If there is such a thing. I certainly hope so!

         A gun does not justfy cowardice. It enables it.

         We the people choose to have certain & particular people to police US. George, having notified the proper authorities and being advised to stay in his vehicle, chose not to. From this point on all action is on him. In my opinion.

           Irregardless, Travon was guilty of nothing whatsoever. Nothing.

           "Stand your ground" is not a license to hunt or kill or take the law in your own hands.


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