Letter to the Editor

Cruel coverage

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dear Editor,

I must comment on your reporting of the accident on Sept. 3 that took the life of Amy Jo Stone.

To write the statement "alcohol and drugs may have been used" without solid proof was totally irresponsible, uncalled for and very hurtful to those who were already experiencing indescribable pain. In any case, a statement such as this serves no purpose and should never be made.

If you would bother to check with Amy Jo's teachers, religious associates and those who knew her well, you would learn she was a very admired, outstanding, respectable young woman. To damage her reputation with this implication was cruel.

I have heard more than one complaint regarding the way this coverage was written.


Lillian Sulzman,


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  • The Gazette along with other publications only printed what was stated in the police report. Unfortunately, we may not all like what is printed, but it's totally unfair and not right to blame the publications. She was in fact a nice young lady, however as we all do in life, bad judgements were made. This accident along with others like it should be made as a reminder to everyone to stop and think before getting behind the wheel of a car. Life is way too precious to let go for a senseless act that could have been avoided.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 4:10 PM
  • Why's that? It's the newspapers responsibility to state the facts. They did in this story as it was stated by the police. Like it or not, we all have to deal with this. It should be used as a wakening for teens and not be covered up.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 8:18 AM
  • If the police report actually stated drugs and alcohol "may have been used" then I'd question the efficacy of the police agency in this instance. Either they were or they were not. I'm sure there ae tests to determine definitively one way or the other. So either the police agency or the reporter needed to ask a few more questions before calling into question the reputation and judgment of this young woman.

    -- Posted by davis_x_machina on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 10:54 AM
  • What exactly is the paper's responsibility? State facts. The facts were given to them by a law enforcement agency. All I want to say is, people need to wake up and learn from EVERY situation whether it's good or bad. Stop trying to brush this under the carpet. My kid was a friend of Amy Jo's and I'm sadden by this loss. However, as circumstances have it, this is what the police investigated and reported. Like it or not. Let's not be torn by this, let's help each other.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 12:36 PM
  • OK so alcohol & drugs may have been a factor..Isn't that what was written. So since the entire story has not been told by the paper it is up to Amy's friends to get the true story out. What I was told about a dog in the car sounds like it was just that..a very tragic accident. Pet owners that ride with their animals need to be educated. I am so sorry for this family's lose and the community's lose of another young person.

    -- Posted by ALL4MCCOOK on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 3:25 PM
  • I am also a former McCookie and I can not believe that this person above would attack the parents of those boys in that accident. Really, that seems like the proper thing to do at this moment. SHAME ON YOU...... All I can say is I hope your children NEVER screw up. Even kids with great parents screw up from time to time. Lets just say that it is sad that this accident every happened! Kids do stupid things sometimes that can ruin or destroy there lives. My heart goes out to all the parents of these children.

    -- Posted by living large on Sat, Sep 12, 2009, at 10:57 PM
  • I don't believe I attacked anyone's parents. All I have said and believe in is that everyone should be helping each other out teaching and learning from this and other similar experiences. As parents, we should be all more involved with our children's lives and help direct them to make better judgements. If my child fails, I will help pick up the pieces and hope that everyone learns.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 9:31 AM
  • some people just need a big glass of STFU, like Dick. Whiskey and meth? You must not have encountered someone on whiskey and meth, I don't think they could read, let alone coherently write something...Dick, why don't you shoot up some heroin and smoke a speedball.

    -- Posted by marlin on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 10:00 AM
  • Nice Marlin, but what in the world does this have to do with sticking beside each other in time of need and helping our youth of today?

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 11:09 AM
  • I know many kids, my age group, yes Amy is in my age group. Many other kids who have died from vehicular accidents. Whether it's alcohol, or careless driving it's a matter of what we all do daily. Become relaxed in our daily activities and get a bit careless more and more. We cannot control who drinks, who drives, who smokes what, etc. All we can do is be grateful for the time we have people. Regardless of the activities of the night, just be grateful you knew this wonderful being. STFU about what "could" lead up to it. The press is doing what they do, stating what they are told.

    -- Posted by marlin on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 2:27 PM
  • Ah, but you can control who drinks, who drives and who smokes. You can control whether or not you are with people who do. You control your own destiny. So, as far as your comment to STFU...this just shows your maturity and carelessness about other's lives.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 3:34 PM
  • epic, Rural. You CANNOT control who drinks, smokes, or drives.(you can choose whether to be with them or associate with them of course) Sure, you can by legalities, but we all know young adults, thrive on breaking those things. I'm not careless about my own life, or others lives, I think that not knowing ones limits is a sad thing to see. I also think it's sad when kids live wreckless and think they are invincible or "too young to die". You're right, I do control my own destiny, as did each and every person who's died while being intoxicated and behind the wheel. So tell me, how am I being immature and careless here? I'm fairly positive there's many times I've walked, while others drove...even offered to drive others who needed, yet refused, because of pride and ego...unfortunately they all learn too late that pride and ego are a foolish thing to let influence their decisions. Lessons be learned...this isn't the first kid who's died from drinking and driving, nor will she be the last...

    -- Posted by marlin on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 10:35 AM
  • Too bad lillian hasn't figured out that many people have things you may never know about them. From what I've heard Amy Jo was a wonderful person. that doesn't mean she could not have had her demons or that she was going through a period in her life that most every kid goes through and tried things they should not have.

    Just because she went to Catholic school does not mean she can never sin.

    Also, the gazette would not include that in then story had it not been included in the police reoprt. The police report would not have incuded that if there were not sufficient eveidence at the scene to summize such a thing.


    -- Posted by Justin76 on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 10:59 AM
  • You're right Marlin, she's not the first nor the last. However, that doesn't mean that we can't stop helping these kids learn the consequences. If I can save one life, that's better than none. You can control someone else's drinking by being proactive and taking away the keys, not getting behind the wheel, tell them that you care, etc. IT DOES WORK.

    Amy jo was a wonderful person and had a great personality. Hopefully at least someone learns from this.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 11:09 AM
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