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October 24, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Racetrack death and the media

We have been inundated by the news media about Tony Stewart hitting Kevin Ward Jr. The news media have worn the story out, as they usually do with stories. All of the news media seem to be mystified that anyone could be killed on a racetrack and say Stewart is responsible.

Since the dawn of motorized vehicles, man has seen fit to race against his fellow enthusiasts, and many have died as a result of the competition. It happens at a much lower rate than 120 years ago.

There is simply no protection available that would have saved Ward’s life. He stepped in front of a vehicle doing about 40 mph. The news media’s effort to place the blame on Stewart is shameful. He feels bad enough, and trying to make him feel worse is simply a libelous accusation that is unwarranted.

Why have we not heard a word about Michael Schumacher, a Formula One champion who was injured in a skiing accident? The news media could hold the rock responsible for assault and attempted murder. Or the hills. Or the skis. Or gravity. He had all of the appropriate safety equipment but struck his head with sufficient force to cause a concussion, from which he most likely will not recover.

I enjoyed watching Schumacher on and off the track. He had quite a sense of humor and is missed.

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