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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.

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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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