Letter to the Editor: Why publish names of people arrested?


First of all I know full well you can’t print a newspaper or anything else for that matter and please everyone. The greatest man who ever lived could please very few when he walked the Earth over 2,000 years ago, so we can’t be expected to be anywhere near his category.

I would like to comment on the issue of printing names of people who have been charged by police. Why is this necessary? Are we that shallow that we need to know this? When people read this, that person is guilty in their mind. That’s human nature. We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law but we know full well that is not the case in our minds.

Did you know I can go to the magistrate’s office and get a warrant for something you did not do? Your name will be printed long before the court date. I know because I had it happen to me several years ago, yet I spent $500 to defend myself and it took five minutes to get thrown out.

If this is what it takes to sell newspapers, then we are a sick society. Recently, names were published in an article and me and everyone else who knew that the circumstances were not anymore real than the Easter bunny or Santa Claus. It should have read, “Sick Individual Makes False Charges, Costs Taxpayers Hundreds of Dollars” and named that person. That would be the fact. No lawsuit against the facts, right?

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Could you cast the first stone? I don’t think so, neither could I.

Earl Cutlip, Strasburg