While reading the Deerfield Valley News last week I came across the section of the paper referred to as “Public safety.” I read about my friend Bill and his simple assault charge. It was then that I realized how hurtful this section of the newspaper could possibly be to someone. About three years ago, my friend Bill had a stroke that changed life for him and his family dramatically. He has been adamantly working on getting back to his old self with therapy since, but he is not there just yet. Bill raised his seven children in this valley and was a hard-working surveyor for 20 years before his stroke.
All I could think about while reading the report about his recent mishap are the friends that Bill has made living in this community throughout the years and how they are now being reminded of him in such a humiliating way. I am in no way trying to justify the mistake that Bill made but rather posing the question:
Could the Public safety section demonstrate anonymity? I just think with such a small community, we should not be broadcasting these personal issues that should really be staying within the families. I understand that if the weekly walk of shame were to be removed from the paper, there would probably be a drop in sales and that is why I am proposing this compromise. So what do you say, Deerfield Valley News? Let’s please show some compassion.