As of Thursday, June 16, 2016
To the editor:
I find it quite odd that The Dalles Chronicle has failed to truly acknowledge that any tragedy has happened in Orlando. A few small articles printed on the third page of today’s paper is hardly an appropriate response from such a community of loving and caring people.
Over the years our community havs seen your un-biased reporting on the front page about the tragedy at Columbine, on the front page about tragedy at Sandy Hook, and on the front page about the tragedy at The Boston Marathon. A simple google search still pulls up multiple articles about these horrible events: Articles that were published and are still stored on the servers of your paper.
It’s from these facts that we know that The Chronicle isn’t shy about taking a stand or simply reporting the facts when it entails gun rights, foreign religion and/or innocent young children.
But when it happens to a nightclub of gay men, heavens forbid we show our true concern to the greater LGBTQ community and their loved ones!
Do you think our community is that closed-minded? Do you feel that there is no local resident who empathizes with what happened? And God forbid you would actually want to inform the town and invite those who would be interested to the local memorial service.
Forget their sexuality for just once, these were innocent murdered good-natured people. Clear cut. No questions about that.
With approximately 10 percent of the town coffers coming from taxes paid by Google, a company that prides itself on celebrating ALL diversity — including LGBTQ —I feel that something more should be said.
Do you think Google would have invested so strongly in this town, if the citizens were truly as bigoted as this paper’s ignorance has portrayed?
I for one, hope I’m not the only person to share this feeling, but Google and most importantly the residents of this great town are owed a more respectful, open and thoughtful response from the voice of the local press.
Though geographically this shooting couldn’t be any further, it truly hits many of us too close to heart.