To the editor:
Recently in the May 23, 2013, edition of The Cynthiana Democrat, I read a very disturbing and sickening article. Myself, as well as many other citizens (not just of Harrison County) were ashamed of your newspaper after reading the article in regards to the death of our young friend, William Chambers.
Your article covering the death of William had nothing to do with his death. Facts stated in your newspaper had nothing to do with the events that led to his death. The facts that were stated in the paper were irrelevant to the topic at hand covering William’s death.
At a time when many people were grieving, you dragged a very likeable young man’s name through the mud and attempted to trash his family name. The things stated in your article could have simply been stated in your “records” section of the paper instead of the front page of the paper. After all, that is what that section is in place for.
Your article also stated that William was killed on 5-20-2013 (Monday as your article states). However, the day of his death was really 5-21-2013 (a Tuesday).
I would like to take a moment to tell you what kind of person William Chambers truly was. This young man was a dear friend to a lot of people. He always had a million dollar smile on his face regardless if he was having a good day or a bad day. He was the type of person that if he could make one person smile to make their day, he would. He was the type of person that would give the shirt off of his back to anyone in need before worrying about himself.
William was the type of person that no matter what time of day or night it was, if his friends or family were in need of a helping hand, he was there for them with no questions asked. He was an all around great guy. He was funny, outgoing, well rounded, smart, caring, intelligent young man. William was the type of guy that lived life to the fullest with no regrets.
With all this being stated, maybe before posting an article in your paper for the public to read, your paper should consider checking with the family to make sure all the facts are correct. Maybe they should just check with them to make sure that they even want it to become a public matter on the front page of your paper.
When talking about one’s death, your paper should consider what kind of person the person being discussed in the article truly was, before attempting to try to make them out to be a criminal. People can read that disgusting article about William Chambers all they want. They can try to be brain washed by media. They can believe the sick media spin that was put on something such as in this matter, when truly this was a matter that many people were in grief over.
Fact of the matter is, no matter what you wrote in your paper about our friend, no matter the sick media twist that was inserted into the article, no matter how many papers you may have sold that week, no matter how many people read this article, we all know the type of person that William Chambers truly was. His memory will forever be with many of us. We will all cherish the memories made with this amazing young man. I would also like to take this moment to tell you that you have more than likely lost a lot of customers over this whole deal. I could honestly care less if I ever picked up or saw another Cynthiana Democrat.
Caleb K. Conley