Friday 15 December 2017

Your headline went too far

Sir -- I was saddened and even a little sickened when I opened my paper after Mass last Sunday to read the headline "Move junkies out to the suburbs -- mayor", (Sunday Independent, September 26, 2010).

We all know that in this electronic age it is becoming increasingly difficult to sell newspapers, but is it really necessary to use the derogatory term "junkie" to describe the thousands of people in treatment for opiate addiction?

Yes, certainly there are difficulties with the alcohol and drug using part of our society in the centre city.

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