Letter: Don’t Sink to Tabloid Level

To the Editor:

Your Nov. 29 headline “Prison Next For Lyme Swindler” was in extremely poor taste and worthy of a tabloid rather than a local-regional newspaper.

Perhaps I am so deeply offended because I know, like, and respect Jodie Rich. She owned up to her crimes and is willing to take her punishment. Was it necessary to dredge all of this up once again? It definitely didn’t need to be front-page news. From my standpoint, a small article mentioning that she hasn’t yet begun serving her sentence and why would have been more than enough.

Jodie Rich has a husband, children and grandchildren who live and work locally. They are already being punished by everything that has happened and will continue to be punished until she has served her time in prison and returns home. The family doesn’t need to be tried in the court of public opinion again and again.

Sadly, headlines like these sell newspapers. Human nature being what it is, there are those people who thrive on the misfortune of others, especially the misfortune of those deemed as being well off financially. In the future, the Valley News should strive to rise above this type of headline-grabbing journalism.

Vicki L. Bacon-Thomas