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Naming gang isn't an 'advertisement'Posted Friday, May 14, 2010, at 1:46 PM
I received an e-mail Thursday from a reader who doesn't think we should have specifically mentioned the name of the Latin Kings gang with which several persons accused of robberies and burglaries say they're affiliated.
"I ... don't feel this gang needs any advertisement from the newspaper because it only adds to the "macho" nature of the life style these members try to portray," the e-mail said. "I know the community needs to be aware of the crimes being committed, but I wouldn't give this band of cowards the pleasure of seeing their gang's name in the newspaper."
Thanks to this reader for communicating their feelings. We strongly value and welcome feedback, especially when it's communicated reasonably instead of in anger.
I don't consider it "advertising" the Latin Kings' existence or glorifying their actions to report their involvement. Few people have ambitions of being criminals and I doubt a newspaper story will sway those who may lean in that direction.
It's important that we paint the complete picture -- and that includes names of gangs.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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