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Why did P&J article publish negative items about ‘Huff’?

Posted 12/7/16

I read the David “Huff” Hoffman article in last week’s Press And Journal and it has weighed heavily on my mind ever since — so many questions.

 While the article began well, it fell short at the “Dailey Living” juncture. …

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Why did P&J article publish negative items about ‘Huff’?

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I read the David “Huff” Hoffman article in last week’s Press And Journal and it has weighed heavily on my mind ever since — so many questions.


 While the article began well, it fell short at the “Dailey Living” juncture.


 Shame on you for publishing such a demeaning piece about a deceased person who has no possibility of defending himself. I was shocked that the Press And Journal would print such hateful words about a deceased person under the guise of quotes.


I thought I was going to read a little about David Hoffman, the man I used to see around town for years, but never knew. Instead I read a self-praise story about his caregiver, inferring that he was doing God’s work and peppered with his remarks about Huff’s hygiene and thievery.


How did you verify that Huff was a thief? Or did you just assume it was OK to write those words because he’s not here to defend himself?


 Even if it was true, why would you publish those remarks and not use your power to edit?

To what point would you share such mean-spirited gossip and call it interesting?


These aren’t remarks about Huff being quirky. They are simply degrading. What merit is there in sharing gossip of this nature and who talks about the dead this way? Silly question since I just read the article in the Press And Journal.


 In your feeble attempt to entertain your readers, you seem to have lost sight of common decency. Speaking ill of the dead lacks regard and respect.

Brenda Via Rabuck
Middletown