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Side note. How often are multiple homicides followed by a suicide. Rather than isolate on one single event it would be worthwhile to explore the warning signs of violent acts that lead up to these tragic events. There normal are events and actions that will indicate there is a deep problem that will preceed the final outcome.
You would accomplish your claim of public awareness by having an emergency number box on the top corner of the paper, where folks could look everyday, not just the day of the story.
Your reasons for reporting on suicides are lame. If we follow your reasoning then we can expect to hear about the fat person who had clogged arteries (self inflicted) lung cancer (smokers-self inflicted) drug overdoses (self inflicted) cirrosis of the liver (self inflicted). Is this really making sense to you?
Not everything is everyone's business. Those who are close enough to the family will learn what they need to know. The rest of us, too bad. And as this: "Rumors routinely surface about such deaths. A simple, straightforward reporting helps put rumors to rest." Well, I've heard three different reasons for the recent suicide, and I have yet to see the Advocate report--in any kind of manner--the reason for the suicide.
I think you have struck out on this topic, Chris.
Does it help other people that read about it? Not reallyDoes it decrease the chances of it from happening? Obviously notDoes it give a few readers some kind of strange pleasure to read about it? Apparently soDoes it provide real value to any of the citizens of Victoria or Crossroads? Not reallyDoes it help the grieving family get over it? Absolutely notDoes it cause more harm than should be to the family? Of course it does.Does it bring value of any way shape or form to report the incident in the paper? In my opinion, NO!
How about you list all the benefits of writing a great big article.
BTW, I tested positive for 10 of the 11 warning signs. Am I a threat? I kind of doubt it. Do I know for certain I won't? Nope and neither do any of you. Tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.
Mr. Cobler, I support your position on this subject. "Say it ain't so" is not the answer to these tragic events. This is not a death by natural cause but one of destructive behaviour. Education and outreach can and do save lives. Please continue to keep the public awareness of these important issues on the front burner.
Mr Cobler, I do respect your opinion regarding your coverage of this issue. I also believe this will be a delicate issue in your Ethics Committee meeting? However, what makes this form of death any different from another? The Victoria Advocate does not generally note a person passed as a result of AIDS, liver failure, heart attack or other issues. The person's passing is noted and occassionally the person's accomplishments in life is duly reported. Suicide is a heartfelt emotion, especially for the family. I request that the reporting be handled in the same way as most other misfortunate passings.