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LETTER: Claggett’s past didn’t need to be published

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To the Editor:

Here’s one for your “Hisses and Cheers” column.

Cheers for the well-written article by Chris Mueller praising the courage and critical thinking skills of the MTI students who probably risked their lives to save 2 1/2 year old Lauryn Claggett from the vehicle involved in the tragic accident that took her mother’s life.

HISSES to the newspaper “staff” (no one claimed responsibility for the article?) who felt it necessary to include Sara Ann Claggett’s past history in the article directly below that. Could I ask what the purpose was of including that information? It certainly wasn’t new news.

I was once stopped by a patrolman for “erratic” driving when my vehicle swerved as I reached for something in the back seat. We do not know, and neither do you, what caused Sara to swerve or drift across the center lane. Maybe a crying child in the back seat?

Sara was a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin and a friend to many — not a villain out to hurt someone. Her family and friends were grieving over their sudden, tragic loss and you stuck in the knife and twisted it.

Yes, Sara had past mistakes and choices she wasn’t proud of, but I would say a vast majority of us have as well. Should we print them all in the paper?

Our Mitchell community is well known for its compassion and caring. I would like to see your paper join in. Let’s not shoot our wounded.

“He who is without sin, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7 (NKJV)

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