Article should tell ‘rest of story’
October 7, 1999
To the Editor,
This letter is in response to the Sept. 30 article by Christina M. Currie entitled “Craig woman gets deferred sentence on drug charges.” As Paul Harvey says, I’d like the people of Craig to hear “the rest of the story …”
The woman referred to in this article has been a close friend of mine for many years. In all that time, I have never seen her touch alcohol because she simply doesn’t drink. So it shouldn’t be too difficult for the courts to “restrict her use of alcohol.” Isn’t it amazing how such a simple statement can mislead readers.
After injuring herself, this woman has been in constant chronic pain for the better part of a year. After seeing one doctor for a period of time and not getting any better, she opted to get a second opinion and then decided to see a specialist. Anyone who has had chronic pain might well imagine how desperate she was for help. She did not set out to go from doctor to doctor to get medication, but to get some relief. I know of many doctors who will prescribe a second, stronger prescription for a patient if the first one isn’t effective. I also know many people who see a family practitioner and a specialist at the same time. Who among us would think that filling a prescription from a family practitioner and a specialist at the same time is technically illegal, especially if we were simply trying to find a treatment that would free us from excruciating pain?
I realize that sensationalism sells newspapers, but it also ruins reputations. The woman in question and her husband donate an enormous amount of time to worthy causes in Craig. As Mrs. Currie stated, she is on the Craig Chamber of Commerce board and the United Way board and he is on the school board.
Including information about these fine boards who help so many local people makes me wonder if the purpose of the article was simply to embarrass these upstanding, decent people who have given so much of themselves to the people of Craig. They don’t deserve this kind of treatment and they don’t deserve to have only half the strory told. If Mrs. Currie is going to report a story that has the potential to ruin a person’s reputation, she should be professional enough to report the entire story instead of just the “dirt.”
I believe the people of Craig who know and respect the woman who was the subject of this article deserve to hear the “rest of the story.”
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