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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Letters to the Editor: ‘Moron’ comment inappropriate

I would normally disregard anything that displeased me in any article of any newspaper, but I couldn’t let this pass.

I would like to say that I found the following comment from Jennifer Richwood’s Nov. 3 column extremely offensive: “Let me add that only a moron would be starving and unprepared in the middle of nowhere (like the moron from Into the Wild).”

I don’t know if you have read the book or watched the movie, but this is totally inappropriate. Maybe it was said lightly, but he was a person with a family that suffered very much because of his decisions. I sincerely believe that calling him a moron was uncalled for. I think the family Christopher McCandless would not appreciate this.

I might be exaggerating but I truly felt this was extremely inappropriate, since his death was not a joke but serious matter.


Senior, biochemistry and molecular biology


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