The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 16, 2013

Sensationalism still dominates

For several days the dominant news on page one of The Daily Item has been the appalling “murder for thrill” in Sunbury. The Daily Item has not been alone. Less than respected tabloids, as well as the tiny town of Coats, N.C., recent home of the alleged offenders, have all focused on the same story.

Meanwhile, one of the spiritual and moral giants of the last century, Nelson Mandela, died and the primary story on his death was relegated to page 3. Mandela spent almost three decades in prison simply because he sought equal justice for all people.

When he was finally released, one would have expected him to be a bitter man, bent on revenge. Instead he became the first black president of his country, and used that position to work toward truth and reconciliation. In the process, forgiveness and peace became dominant themes.

Why is it that sensationalism dominates our local newspaper, while the works of justice and peace are half forgotten? Can we not begin to recognize more fully the work of those who seek to bring peace to the world?

Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and now Nelson Mandela stand tall in a world otherwise bent on war and division. Let us give honor to those who, though badly mistreated, never seek revenge, but instead work tirelessly for a world of peace and justice.

Walter Everett,


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