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Careful reporting needed on homeless

The reporting on the attempted murder of Gerald Melton highlights a very obvious prejudice against unhoused people and an overabundance of sympathy for the accused attempted murderer — a beautiful, wealthy, white woman.

I couldn’t help but feel like the person charged with attempted murder, Katie Layne Quackenbush, was portrayed as a victim of a horrible accident and Gerald Melton as a known deviant undeserving of our sympathy, let alone justice. Even though Melton gave an account of what happened to him to the police, the first paragraph of the story elevates the opinion of Quackenbush’s father, who was not there and clearly has an interest in defending his daughter.

The story then continues to feature multiple photos of Quackenbush with her 5-year-old child. I can’t remember the last attempted murder case in which the publication felt the need to feature multiple pictures of the accused with their children. In fact, I’m not sure the photos of accused murderer’s minor children are often published in newspapers.

When I read this story, I actually wondered what Gerald Melton’s family or other people in his life thought of this horrible incident. Perhaps they could speak to what was going on in his head at the time, or explain his motivations. The omission says a lot about the implicit bias against the unhoused community both in the media and society in general.

Elise Gibbons, Nashville 37209

Clinton in denial

Hillary still is in denial.

Hillary Clinton’s new book came out on 9/12/17. What she doesn’t understand or fails to understand is she is out of touch with the middle class.

Case in point. For $2,395 U.S. dollars ($3,000 CDN) you can meet her backstage at an event in Canada. She won’t charge you for the book. How many middle class people have that kind of money to spend to get a chance to meet her?

In New Jersey I believe the price to see her was $120, but you have to buy her book. Is this being in touch with the middle class?

To me that’s money allowing me to eat, pay medical bills etc.

She is doing a nine-city tour. The American people do not want any more Clintons, Bushes, Kennedys, their children, grandchildren, great great grandchildren.

Give someone else a chance to fix the country. If no one did a story on her for one month, she might get the hint that her political days of running for president are over and no one gives a darn about her except for her to go away.

Robert Jones, Paris 38242

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Easily distracted

Re: “DACA just a distraction,” by Hugh Perry, Sept. 12.

According to Hugh Perry, the lives of 800,000 children are “just a distraction.” He wants to “kill” Obamacare as quickly as possible, but how many Americans will die in the process?

Apparently there isn’t enough money in the budget to save lives, yet Perry demands a hugely expensive wall that can be scaled with ladders, dug under, flown over, or sailed around. Is that the best use of taxpayer money, really?

Are some Trump supporters easily distracted by nonsensical “solutions” that will only make matters worse?

Michael R. Burch, Nashville 37221

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