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Letter: More pressing issues

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A recent letter to your paper, concerning the Martin/Zimmerman case, provided me with enough incentive that I felt a need to air my thoughts on the matter.

The subject case, which was brought to national and – subsequently – worldwide attention, occurred in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. The eventual trial of George Zimmerman, for the death of Trayvon Martin, occurred on June 10, 2013, more than one year after the unfortunate event. This gave every interested party plenty of time to affect their own particular spin on mostly skimpy facts. Very few people will ever know what happened on that fatal February night, and apparently most do not want to know of anything that affects their take on events. The trial was the result of terrific pressure placed upon the Florida officials, mostly from Washington, D.C. The trial came to a conclusion on June 13, 2013, which – if not satisfactory to some – was conducted properly. 

It was unfortunate that, when very little was known, a sitting president felt the need to make statements on the event, creating further polarization between hundreds of factions that also knew very little about what happened. The lack of facts did not prevent a biased news media from creating their own spin on skimpy facts, not to mention how adept they are at speculation, pursuing the need to be first and foremost in reporting. That aside, there were absolutely no innocents involved on that 2012 February night in Sanford, Fla.

It is my opinion that this tragic event is the business of no one other than those responsible people serving the citizens of Sanford. Without the needs of the vast network of social media, no one outside of that community’s sphere of influence would have noted the event. It shames and embarrasses me for my country, to see we have become so engrossed in such events that we ignore our own unfortunate circumstances and allow ourselves to be overcome by things that are none of our business. For me, to see public figures – needing the ever-present sound bite – step into the fray is even more disconcerting. Each of those, including the president, have more pressing issues to confront, and we need to first and foremost address those things that impact our sphere of influence, and to let a town of 50,000 in Florida tend to their business without untoward interference.

Jim Ledbetter

North Aurora

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