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Media helps dumb down of society

Regarding your "In Memoriam 2012," I was dismayed at how your publication presented the list of famous people that died in 2012. The front page prominently featured photos of six entertainment and media people and one U.S. Senator and one astronaut.

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Whitney Houston's photo was the largest, followed by Dick Clark with the second largest photo. Sally Ride, the first woman in space was given a postage stamp photo and her write up on Page 7 was one sentence.

Even more disappointing was the attention you gave Neil Armstrong, the first person in history to step on another celestial body in our universe. His eulogy was regulated to one simple sentence and a postage stamp photo on Page 7 of the article.

Whitney Houston on the other hand was eulogized with, "She ruled as pop music's queen until her voice was ravaged by drug use and her image ruined by erratic behavior, etc".

What are we saying to our children? Entertainment icons are the role models they should emulate, rather than those that risk their lives in pursuit of the betterment of society.

It's the age of dumbing down our society and you and the rest of the media are contributing to it.

I would have expected better from you. I guess the only true part of your motto is to make money.

John J. Dalbis, Sr.

St. Charles

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