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Published: Monday, December 7, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

Helping criminals is not newsworthy

Regarding the Friday article, “From behind bars, pal tells Colton Harris-Moore to keep running”:
What this article should really be titled is: “The Herald passes message from one felon to another.” I am absolutely furious that I actually paid subscription dues to a newspaper that allows itself to be a message board from one criminal to another.
Since Harley Davidson Ironwing doesn’t have a phone number or address to reach his “dear old friend” Colton Harris-Moore, then why not use the front page of a newspaper to relay a message to him? Not only did The Herald take the time to print this ridiculous article — you put it on the front page!
I looked at The Seattle Times the same day, and it featured the first of four front-page obituaries dedicated to the Lakewood law enforcement officers who actually made a positive contribution to our society. Then I looked at The Herald, which features not one, but two individuals who have terrorized their community. What a slap in the face to your subscribers that you publicize these two criminals.
I am truly lost on why one criminal’s claim to be another criminal’s “mentor” is deemed newsworthy by your staff. Your decision to print this article has permanently cost you a subscriber. I will not pay to be a message service for the criminals of Snohomish County.
Molly Reeves
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