Try to comfort the afflicted |

Try to comfort the afflicted

Dear Editor:

My name is Dr. Thomas A. McDill from Phoenix, Ariz. My wife and I have just arrived in Aspen to conduct the funeral services for Brad Carner. I am the father of Karen Carner, Brad’s wife. I’ve just read the article in the Aspen Daily News by Catherine Lutz about the untimely death of Brad. I have been an ordained minister for more than 55 years and have conducted hundreds of memorial services for both prominent and ordinary people.

I was absolutely shocked at the tone of the article. I have never seen an article as disparaging of anyone regardless of the nature of one’s death as I read in your paper today. For a small city like Aspen, I would have expected the reporting of the facts of his death without disparaging his reputation by bringing up past failures. One cannot read this hurtful article without feeling that there must be some kind of animosity by your paper toward Brad and Karen.

Brad was known and loved by hundreds of people in Aspen, Denver, Seattle and other places. He had personal qualities that drew people to him, and these friendships have lasted a lifetime.

It would have been more responsible and professional of the paper to bring words of comfort and encouragement instead of what was written. I don’t expect a rosy picture to be painted, nor do I expect all of his failures to be paraded in the public newspaper. I am greatly disappointed in your treatment of his death.

Dr. Thomas A McDill


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