Comment of the Day

Reader: Search for body of Sharrieckia Page's baby definitely not "amazing"

As well all know, words have a great deal of power -- and if one strikes someone as wrong, it can have an outsized impact on those that follow. This truism is exemplified by a post affixed to the story of a 53-day landfill search for the body of Sharrieckia Page's baby -- one we characterized in a headline as "amazing." Not so, feels the reader.

Sarah writes:

The choice of adjective in the headline here is disrespectful.

Circus trains are "amazing."

Skiers outrunning impending avalanches are "amazing."

53-day searches for the corpse of an infant are "exhaustive," or "meticulous," or "painstaking." They are not "amazing." There is nothing "amazing" about this story. Everything about this is painful and sad.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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