Most would agree that providing an awareness of the damaging impact of officer-assisted suicide is newsworthy. It is a dreadful blow to the officers involved and their families. Likewise it is such a shocking long-lasting blow to family members and friends of the person making the fatal mistake (Oct. 4 editorial, "Officer-assisted suicide").
I liken the actions of the Standard-Examiner over the past several months to the phenomenon of adding salt to water to reach what is called "boiling point elevation." Once it is boiling, the Standard then adds a couple more pounds of salt (while stirring) so it will splash up and appear to be really awe-inspiring; when in fact it really creates a big bewildering mess, burning, and creating unpleasant odors for all.
So how has the Standard-Examiner continually stirred the pot and salted wounded hearts? Well, just research the number of times since May different versions and continued reporting by Standard-Examiner of the same incident escalating with the latest Grondahl "Stand Your Ground" repulsive cartoon and the editorial using words like "cowardly" with no consideration given to the psychological state of mind, emotional and physical indicators driving the victim to make that mistake? I support the statement "We have tremendous sympathy for the officer involved"; as he is also a victim. Many would agree with me that ignoring the tremendous sympathy toward the family of the fatal victim is further adding salt to wounded hearts.
In conclusion, we respect and have compassion for Deputy Millaway, his family and law enforcement. Equally, we have tremendous love and compassion for the Foote family. To the Standard-Examiner, I say it's shameful for repeatedly stirring the pot and elevating the boiling points.
Dan S. Rhodes