Media losing sight of the real tragedy

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 10:54 p.m.
Once again, the national media has turned a local tragedy into a three-ring circus. I feel badly for the families of the lost miners in the tragic accident in West Virginia and hope that the attention it garners eventually will bring some solutions to the inherent dangers of the mining profession.
At the same time, I am greatly disturbed that the deaths of 11 of our troops in Iraq at virtually the same time merited no more mention than a paragraph or two buried in the inside pages of most of our national publications. It just confirms that we as a nation are becoming inured to the ongoing tragedy perpetrated by the Bush administration and are easily distracted by other headlines.
In the meantime, the war continues and our children continue to die. Where has our perspective gone?
Bill Hammer, Gainesville

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