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June 11, 2014
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Letter: 'On botched execution' draws rebuttal from Douglas County man

Prefer truth to cover-ups

This is a rebuttal of a May 25 letter titled, “On botched execution.” I assume the criticizer of Mr. Ackerman’s May 4 column isn’t a parent. If so, she would surely understand that one of the most heartbreaking things parents can experience is to be predeceased by their children.

It’s bad enough if they’re taken by a fatal disease or accident. But the worst possible scenario is for them to be brutally murdered by some person or persons intent on ravaging their bodies, killing them and then disposing of their remains almost as casually as normal persons get rid of garbage. Can you possibly imagine in your wildest nightmare how terror-stricken and hopeless the murdered girl must have felt in her final moments on this earth? I think not! Only the victim knows the answer, and her voice has been silenced forever.

The letter writer had the unmitigated gall to dispute Mr. Ackerman’s opinion that the killer “really died a better death than the young woman he murdered.” How could any normal, loving parent question the truth of that statement?

The writer also criticized the fact that Mr. Ackerman “describes in all gory details the crime committed.” My question is, “How can we establish an accurate comparison without them?”

Given a choice, I much prefer truth in journalism to cover-ups every time. My thanks to Mr. Ackerman and his talented staff for their support of Roseburg and Douglas County and for making The News-Review the best daily newspaper in Southwestern Oregon.

Norman D. Neal


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