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Letter: News-Sentinel should write more informative articles

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:00 am

I am taking the time to comment on your article “Lakewood Liquors under new ownership” by one of your staff writers on Jan. 9.

The article praises the availability of various alcoholic liquors for sale at Lodi’s Lakewood Liquors business.

In addition, the article cheerfully mentions the availability of another well-known carcinogen for sale.

As a positive role model, the News-Sentinel has a moral obligation to present constructive information on tobacco use and the “magic of alcohol.” No fooling.

Richard Low


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:22 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Walters wrote: "Boben should worry about taking care of herself, rather than worry about going on a tangent concerning tobacco and alcohol."

    Ed, why are you ALWAYS picking on me? The letter writer went on a "tangent concerning tobacco and alcohol," not me.

    Why is it that you consistently mischaracterize my comments and insult me, then claim you weren't insulting me?

    Seriously, I'm beginning to get concerned about your mental health.

  • Sarah Elizabeth Tygert posted at 10:47 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Sarah Tygert Posts: 53

    Richkie, while of course welcome to your opinion, you seem convinced the article's intent was "praising the availability of alcohols" when from what I read it was more than that. Christina described the new additions, and also at length examined the owner's cultural origins, the fact that the story had work done on its infrastructure, as well as the great customer service and friendliness of the staff.

    Yet, all you address is some supposed obligation for a newspaper to enforce a certain moral perspective on it's audience?

    Christina is hardly making an argument for debauchery, drunkenness, lewdness, and self-destruction in the form of liver drowning and lung over-tarring. So unless you are making the moral claim that partaking of alcohol and tobacco products responsibly (and, hey, sometimes non- one crazy day here can be a blast) is objectively wrong in all and every situation....

    Well, then your article just comes across as nit-picking. And not many people really go for that.

  • Ed Walters posted at 7:53 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Walter: If the first line doesn`t kill you, the second most likely will. Concerning your favorite subject, will let it go at Trojan`s and hope you get lucky. BTW, I thought that one size fits all, ( extra large ) hope you can live up to your expectations and fill the bill. Go for it. [cool]

  • Ed Walters posted at 2:47 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Boben should worry about taking care of herself, rather than worry about going on a tangent concerning tobacco and alcohol. Most if not all people that smoke know the dangers of smoking that will sooner or later kill them. Over consumption of food, let the scale take care of that, and most of all Boben, the LNS prints what they consider news worthy. Give it a try.

  • Walter Chang posted at 12:09 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    Richard, thanks the heads up. It's time to service my vices.

    Let's see that'll be...

    1 fifth of Fireball. 1 sixpac Heineken. 2 pacs Camel shorts (unfiltered). 1 pac Swisher Sweets Originals. 1 tin Copenhagen "Southern Blend". California Lottery tickets: 2 MEGA Millions, 1 SuperLotto Plus, 1 Daily 3 and 5 Mega Crossword Scratchers. 1 Playboy "Entertainment for Men" magazine. 1 "5 Hour" Energy shot.

    Oh, since I'm feeling lucky... 1 box Trojan Platinum (extra large) prophylactics also.

    Thank You


  • Todd Cronin posted at 10:12 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Todd Posts: 143

    Wow richie REALLY????
    How else are we to know about the lame, crazy
    SHENANIGANS of Lodi if not for the highly informative
    articles, advertisements, police logs and such. Not to
    mention letters such as yours!
    As for your last paragraph,

    "As a positive role model, the News-Sentinel has a moral obligation to present constructive information on tobacco use and the “magic of alcohol.” ".

    Perhaps your cup of tea could be the Deseret News(the LDS version of a real newspaper) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    Here, I will get you started: www.deseretnews.com[wink]

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:11 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    So now the LNS readers want the Sentinel writers to moralize on the evils of tobacco and alcohol?

    What's next....moralizing on the evils of the over-consumption of food when writing about a restaurant opening? Discussing the evils of spending excessively when writing about a new store?

    What about the opening of the In-Shape club? Give out warnings not to get involved in a long-term contract that you cannot really afford?

    Seriously - teach those things in your own home and let the Sentinel do its intended business of writing about current events and happenings in the community.... like a new business opening...instead of one closing for a change.


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