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Times buried important story

It was interesting to note that in your Wednesday, August 20th edition, there was no mention of the suicide bombing in Jerusalem that occurred on Tuesday, August 19th, until page A21, at the very back of the paper. I understand that on that same tragic day, a terrorist bomb was also detonated in Baghdad and reference was made to that story on the front page as it should have been.

I was taken aback that your staff did not find a bombing in Jerusalem that killed 20 people, (including many children and five Americans) and wounded over 100, important enough to at least merit reference alongside the U.N. story on the front page. In our busy world, I’m sure that many people (including myself on some days) may only read the headlines on the front page and then maybe make time for a story that catches one’s interest. So it’s very likely that a story that is buried at the end of a newspaper will be missed entirely.

Also, in Thursday’s paper (August 21), a related story run by The Aspen Times and taken from the New York Times titled “Israelis pressure Palestinian leaders” stated that the suicide bomber killed 20 people, but failed to mention the 100 plus who were wounded. I consider this to be a very significant omission as the wounded, many of whom were very seriously injured (as has been the case in all of these senseless, barbaric acts) pose as great, if not greater a tragedy than the deaths.

These victims, who have been left minus a limb or two, or brain damaged or paralyzed, will be suffering the consequences every day for the rest of their lives, not to speak of the burden and despair that is brought to their families and the greater community. Leaving this out of a story grossly understates the suffering that the Israelis are enduring. Tragically, since the Intifada began in September 2001, the number of such wounded has reached over 5000.

Judy S. Kava

Snowmass Village

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