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As a new, first-time homeowner in the neighborhood (my husband and I are 28), I like reading your crime reports because I like to know what's going on. But I wonder if it is appropriate for you to include the swear words that the criminals say to the cops? It doesn't belong in a family newspaper. Besides, you may have senior citizens reading.
Second, as we have said before, "We believe that reporting crime news is not some dry academic exercise. Crime is a very real, flesh-and-blood thing---with real victims and perpetrators, real damage to property and/or lives, and so forth. So yeah, we'll run photos, just as we include the salty language we sometimes find in the narratives of CPD incident reports. We want to give you the news as accurately as we can---so you can get the best possible idea of what went on." Plus, frankly we think it's a good idea if the law-abiding majority has an inkling of some of the abuse that police and other law enforcement (as well as business owners who serve the public) have to put up with from some of the low-lifes they encounter on a regular basis.
Third, we're not overly concerned about offending the ears of the elderly, Ashley. Granted, they come from a more genteel generation; but rest assured, they've heard more curse words in their time than you have in your 28 years.
So thanks for reading, and welcome to the neighborhood!
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Keep up the good work. Please continue to keep us all informed of the thugs that run amok in our communities. Your news stories are helping us prevent becoming victims of crimes. Keep pointing the thugs out. Keep informing us of their appearance. Keep informing us of their modus operandi. Keep informing us of the kind of cars they drive. Keep informing us how they dress. Keep informing us of their ethnicity. Keep informing us of the hours they keep. Keep informing us of their body ornamentation such as tattoos and piercings. And, most of all, once again, keep up the good work. It's about time somebody took the time to inform the entire Southwest Side as to what is going on and who is responsible for it.
President, West Elsdon Civic Association
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I think it would be useful if you included some of these articles from the Better Business Bureau on your website. I notice the yellow paper prints them. It's good to know what scams are out there.
Editor's reply: Thanks for writing. We definitely agree about the importance of consumer awareness. And we truly want to trust the Better Business Bureau, which for the most part has a long and proud history of consumer advocacy and ethics. But the questions raised in 2010 have left a bad taste in our mouths (as was the case for millions of other people), and we are still watching and waiting for the BBB to rebuild and re-earn trust. They appear to be attempting to do that; but until we have full confidence in them, we will most likely steer clear of their press releases.
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