THE EDITOR, Sir:
I was born in the 1940s and have been reading the daily and Sunday editions of The Gleaner from as early as I could read. In those early childhood days, not many people could afford to buy a copy of The Gleaner every day, so I was one who would have to wait and read stale news, but it was readable news and the pictures were worth seeing.
In The Gleaner dated September 4, 2012, I saw a bold headline, 'BODY BARS', written in bold caps, so I believe that all your readers would not have missed an iota of that article.
At first glance, I thought it was a picture of a woman's body from an Eastern country who was tied and tortured. Curiosity caused me to begin to read. Editor, I was shocked, disturbed, concerned, sickened to the core and bowled over for nought when I read further.
I am an educator who has been retired for four years now and serving as a minister of religion and I am extremely concerned about what that particular article has been telling the younger generation since Tuesday, September 4.
Over the years, I have held your publication in extremely high esteem. Every day, religiously, my husband buys a copy of The Gleaner, and sure enough, we enjoy reading it. But I am disappointed with your issue of September 4. I never dreamed that you would allow trash like that to be published!
The Gleaner must stand and soar above the rest.
JOAN A. SMITH