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Mon, Dec. 09

Letter: Viewing an assault on NBC's Today upsets reader

To the editor:

I wrote the following letter to the Today show after viewing a disturbing segment. This drew me from taxes and a busy schedule today, too. There is a very quick easy form on their web site - http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29041920/ns/today-today_participate/. We all know - and I remember writing a passionate essay in fifth grade - of the devastating effects TV would have on kids. I watch about two hours a month, and this few seconds of viewing sickened me.

Dear Today show producers and writers,

You aired wonderful coverage of Michelle Obama helping children plant vegetable seeds. They will reap a harvest of pure living enzymes, free of herbicides and delicious flavor. Wealthy and economically strapped people benefit from planting a garden.

Next was the graphic story of a horrific murder. Racing to turn it off, I could not avoid assimilating portions. The assault broke the calm on a lovely spring day. Imagine the impact on young minds on criminals seeking to formulate new plans. Other than profits, it served no purpose in the world wide news to spell out details and corrupt un-foretold minds.

In hopes this will go further than an NBC minimum wage employee as a feature writer/photographer for local and national publications for over 25 years, a current substitute teacher and employee of United Blood Services, and as a responsible citizen, I am copying this to a large local and world wide audience.

In honor of your gigantic responsibility and compassion for a huge daily audience, please consider an apology and change of programming.

Laura Flood

Chino Valley

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