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11/6/2012 6:42:00 AM
Reader speechless over publication of photograph

To the Editor:

I found myself speechless when I saw the picture in your Oct. 5 issue showing a “blind ref” with a white cane being led down Oneida Street.  

I understand this was on the heels of a replacement referee’s call that led to a Green Bay Packers loss – making fun of the ref and all.  

I’m sorry, but I look at this picture and I don’t see humor – I see something extremely offensive to blind people. Equating a blown call by a referee to being a blind person? The Lakeland Times should have thought first before taking this picture ... and it’s shameful that The Lakeland Times published it.

Mike Huspek

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

To the author: Obviously [you] don't know how lucky we are to have a paper like the Lakeland times instead of the New York Times trash...

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Tim Behselich

The perpetually offended strike again......

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Winters

Shameful? That's overblowing the situation. Showing a dead body might qualify as something that's shameful. The stereotype of a blind referee has been around for so long I can't believe it offends anyone other than referees themselves. By the way...and this isn't meant to be sarcastic...but how do you know a blind person would be offended by something they can't see?

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: R Collins

I'm no longer surprised by anything offensive publiched by the Lakeland Times. The jounalistic standards of the Lakeland Times staff seems to be the lowest common denominator.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: William Hunter

I found this reader's letter to be highly insulting to mute people.

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