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Grow Up Kent State Mag Staff –Cagle

June 2011

• Referring to this as an example of censorship is an insult to the plight of journalists around the world. These kids were asked to alter the content and apparently walked away in a huff. Just a wee bit different from those people who lose their lives or are jailed for promoting a free press.

• I don't think it is out of the ordinary for a printer to exercise his/her discretion in deciding whether content is objectionable. It's a free country, and if you don't like what you hear from vendor A, another one is right around the corner.

• I feel bad for the printer that did the job, Printing Concepts of Stow, OH, which was portrayed by the student newspaper (and aggregated by our Website, unfortunately) as charging a $2,200 premium over the other printers for rush charges.

Ron Taggart, Printing Concepts' president, doesn't believe in sitting in judgment over literature that some may find offensive, yet the company still got portrayed as a bad guy. Inaccurate reporting is the primary culprit, a case of an overzealous reporter trying to blow the lid off of the biggest cover-up since Watergate.

• Lastly, I never cease to be amazed by the youth of today who are adept at being able to find fault in the world when they haven't even found themselves yet. It is certainly not a knock against the LGBT community, as I am 100 percent behind people being comfortable in their own skin and celebrating who they are inside and out.

Let's just say that much of today's youth has a difficult time committing to many things, particularly adulthood. These perceived injustices are just that—perceptions—and not reality. In time, these students will know this to be true.

As for the LGBT magazine, it will undoubtably end up going back to Printing Concepts for a future job, and Ron Taggart will be happy to accommodate the kids.

NEWS FLASH: As if the printed word doesn't have enough to worry about, a story out of the San Francisco area makes a new argument as to why people should opt for electronic devices instead of dead trees to deliver the news.

An 85-year-old Vacaville, CA, man, Jose Sanchez-Zarco, suffered wounds to his arm, leg and side, and barely avoided having the pinky finger blown completely off his right hand after a pipe bomb detonated in his morning newspaper. Sanchez-Zarco survived the blast and subsequent surgery that saved his finger.

Local police, along with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigated the incident. According to the Associated Press, the authorities were playing it close to the vest with their information.It was not clear whether the bomb was intended for Sanchez-Zarco, a neighbor or whether it was random. You can be certain that residents will be checking their paper carefully before taking it inside. PI

—Erik Cagle


 

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