Shame on you for Tom Paul story

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Shame, shame, shame on you Editor Roger Harnack and Managing Editor Ted Escobar. Your story, “Sheriff’s Office: Controversial resident commits suicide in field,” was about the most cruel and heartless story I’ve ever seen printed in your newspaper.

Families who have lost loved ones suddenly are hurt and devastated. But suicide adds a whole new dimension. You will never know and understand the depths of their loss.

I cannot even imagine the hurt and anguish this story caused them.

Tom was an educated man with principles and a love of our country. He would not let government officials bully or push him around. He would stand up for his rights and make government officials prove themselves correct — many times they could not.

Tom’s legacy will live on in this valley for years to come. He was a true craftsman in his building trade and the one you could depend on to stay what everybody else was afraid to say.

How many stories have you written naming people who have committed suicide in the last 10 years? I don’t remember any. Do you feel that you have harmed this family? I hope you do. Do you think that this news was needed in the community? I hope not.

Do you think you made the family feel better about their loss? Do you think this was news that benefitted the community?

I hope you are not proud of yourselves for printing this piece of disgusting journalism and vow never to let it happen again.

Mike Farmer, Sunnyside



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