Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Friday, July 13, 2007

Come visit the fair

Hi, my name is Kelsey Willson. Our 4-H has been working very hard this year. We participated in trash pick up, caroling at a nursing home, Share-the-Fun, Salvation Army bell ringing, bowling, club tour, and many other fun activities.

I have had a great time at project meetings because I get to interact with other kids. The club had a booth at Walker Fun Days and I helped work it.

We had a float in the Walker parade. It had a cool banner that was made from CD's so in the light it was shiny. I got to ride on the float and throw out candy.

I really love Home Environment and I'm going to be in it next year. I'm also in Arts and Computers, Exploring 4-H, and Rabbits. Everybody has been working really hard on projects and I hope that they'll do well at the fair. Please come and see all the excellent work we've done.

Kelsey Willson,


Headline poor use of words

To the Editor:

I am writing to say that I take issue with the headline of July 10, 2007, "Car and body found in missing girl case."

The "girl" in question is a 45-year-old woman, and I would expect you to refer to her as such.

Generally accepted writing standards require bias- and slur-free writing. Referring to a grown woman as a girl is demeaning. Lest you think I am making too big an issue of it, consider if the person were a 45-year-old male -- would the headline ever read "missing boy case?" I think not.

Julie Tietz


Editor's note: The headline should have read "woman" and not "girl." The story was late-breaking and the oversight was not noticed until the papers had been printed and delivered -- not absolving us from responsibility. There was no editorializing or condescension intended.