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Shouldn’t have mentioned criminal history

December 1, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

On Nov. 29, our already fragile community of Tupper Lake was challenged by the premature loss of another young person. Undoubtedly, 2012 has tipped the scales in terms of the difficulties Tupper Lake has faced. The kinship amongst North Country residents and Tri-Lakes citizens is what has helped our small village persevere through such inexplicable misfortunes.

Therefore, you can imagine my surprise as I read the sensationalized article regarding the very tragic passing of Brad Eggsware. In our world, there is no room for capitalizing on anyone's loss. Choosing to print an article reporting Mr. Eggsware's death in conjunction with his previous criminal history was irresponsible and downright mean-spirited. The bonds of our North Country relationships were seemingly tossed aside when this report failed to offer simple dignity to a young man's family by not recognizing that he was someone's son, brother, cousin, nephew or loved one. Rather, the article presented facts from an all-around-terrible case beginning over 10 years ago.

North Country residents have pride in our communities. We value our neighbors and believe in kindness. Our connections to one another are strong. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death of a young person, it is the loss itself that is so tragic. Sadly, and with great frequency this year, those of us in Tupper Lake are reminded to be thankful for our blessings and hug our loved ones. It is my suggestion that the Adirondack Daily Enterprise consider employing compassion when reporting the passing of one of our North Country residents or any similarly catastrophic event.


Kate Bennett

Tupper Lake



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