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Do you belong in the what's wrong column?Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 10:59 PM
The Times-Gazette has given its readers an opportunity to voice their opinions through reader responses and blogs.
This should be an opportunity to give praise where necessary and object to things we feel are wrong. How much was that opportunity damaged this week?
Yes, I'm referring to the incident at Liberty School.
I've never objected to anyone having an opinion. My name and often my ugly picture had been over practically everything I had to say during the years I was sports editor and also covered the police beat at the Times-Gazette.
And my name and picture are associated with what I have to say on this matter. I have no use for those who hide behind fences so they can't be seen and throw rocks.
Are some of you proud you did just that to Dawn Bobo?
Do you think it takes courage or make you look big to jump on someone when they are down and going through a really tough time in their life...or is it hide in the pack mentality.
Those who investigated the incident say she made a mistake and quickly reported it as such. Others go on the two worst news sources in the world..."they say and I heard."
Do those who got completely away from the school incident and tore into her personal life feel proud of themselves?
This brings to mind an incident that happened several years ago. I had covered a bad crime and took the crime scene photos in the wee hours of the morning. Later that day a local businessman informed me I didn't "have it right" in the T-G.
He explained that wasn't the way he had heard it over coffee at a local drug store that morning. I asked if any of the coffee drinkers had been at the crime scene. He stammered around and finally said those doing the talking hadn't been there. When I asked him for names so I could interview them his mind suddenly went so blank he couldn't remember any of them.
Reader responses and blogs give us the opportunity to voice our opinions, anonymously, about what's wrong in Shelbyville and Bedford County.
Did this incident indicate some of us should stand back and take a long look at ourselves to see if we belong in the what's wrong column?
The alternative is to slink back into the shadows where you can't be seen and bark loudly.
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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.