Letter: Patch Article in Bad Taste
Reader expresses disappointment.
To the Editor:
As an avid reader and supporter of Morristown Patch, I wanted to voice my opinion on an article that was posted yesterday regarding the arrest of Dan Mahoney at Sona Thirteen.
The event did happen, but is it really necessary to publish something so humiliating? Isn't the situation that he went through punishment enough? He was arrested, has to go to court and deal with the consequences of his actions. Now something like this is made public for all to read? I think it is unfortunate and in bad taste that this was published. We are all human and make mistakes ... there is no reason to have something like this published in a local paper that has a very active following.
Morristown is a small town where everyone knows everyone. There is no reason that I can think of that someone's personal business needs to be aired out. Being apart of the Morristown social scene, specifically at the Frog because of Jersey Club Sports, I know a lot of people around town, including Dan. He frequents in town and knows many people. He is a very nice and level-headed person. I'm quite sure that he doesn't need people to be reading this about him. Isn't what he went through enough? I know that if it were me, I would be beyond humiliated.
I agree and support many of your articles from the police section regarding real issues. I hardly think that this constitutes any sort of criminal behavior. According to the article it doesn't sound that he was a threat to anyone. In fact, the article sounds as if it were poking fun at the situation.
Again, I am a big supporter of Morristown Patch and read it daily. However, in this case I think that this article went too far. It is in bad taste to publish something so humiliating about someone who is around Morristown a lot. There is no reason to kick someone when they are already down.
–Cynthia Gates, Morristown