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Alan Krause: Medal of Honor story too far inside paper

To the editor:

I am curious to know how the Gazette determines which articles will be placed where in the printed paper. Let’s take a quick look at the Feb. 12 edition.

On Page C4, the same page as the beginning of the classified ads, is an AP article about retired Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha who was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House Feb. 11. I won’t reprint his heroic, life-saving actions that earned him this award, but it is important to know that he is only the fourth living Medal of Honor recipient for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

He is, without a doubt, a living hero and role model. Now, in that same paper, let’s turn back 12 pages to the top of Page A2. There we see an article from the Miami Herald telling us that a recent “Python hunt ends with modest kill.”

Hmmm, Page 2 gets the Florida snake hunters and Page 14 gets the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. C’mon Gazette layout people, please get your priorities in order and put the real, live, all-American action heroes and role models on Page 2 (at least) and bury the Everglades snake-hunting articles in section C, where they belong.

Alan Krause

Florence

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