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posted: 2/15/2014 12:01 AM

Hoffman shouldn't have led obit page

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Hoffman shouldn't have led obit page

I know those attention-grabbing headlines are how newspapers sell, but there is no room for that in the obituary column -- it should be about respect there. Sad as it is, I am tired of sob stories like Philip Seymour Hoffman dying with a needle in his arm getting first mention in the column while others who had a greater impact on the world are reduced to second billing.

In the "Hoffman column," there was an incredible potpourri of legends everyone should be reading about first in the same column: Joan Mondale's great strides in the arts, baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner -- one of the greatest sports legends ever, and actor Richard Bull. Any and all of these three should be leading off the obituaries, not Hoffman. I may not know how many extra papers sold with Hoffman leading the obits, but it is not the first time I noticed there is something wrong when legends who lived their life well lose a popularity contest to someone who wasted their life too early.

Brian Moise


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