Sign up today and save up to 83% on a Hartford Courant digital subscription
CT Now

Ray Lewis was worth the ink

Regarding letter writer Bruce R. Knauff's complaint that coverage of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' retirement has been excessive, every debate has two sides ("Enough about Ray Lewis," Jan. 8).

Mr. Knauff suggested that The Sun would better serve its readers by covering more of the "other national and world events with the potential to directly or indirectly affect us."

As a retired journalism teacher, I would offer the following rebuttal: The extent of a publication's coverage is usually based on three factors: immediacy, significance, and proximity.

Is it happening now? Is it important? Is it relevant to the community? Clearly, the news that came out of Owings Mills on Jan. 2 met all three criteria.

In recent memory, we have seen the tragedy at Perry Hall High School and the destruction wrought by the derecho and Hurricane Sandy. Go back further and revisit the Olympic triumphs of Michael Phelps as well as both the Ironman milestone and the retirement of Cal Ripken.

Each of these items merited extensive local coverage. The Sun's multi-page attention to these locally significant events added to the depth and breadth of our awareness.

I agree with Mr. Knauff that we need to be kept informed on important issues in both Washington and the world, especially the Middle East. But the wheels of progress on these stages grind exceedingly slowly.

On that particular day, no other story approached the momentous local importance of news that a man who for 17 years had been not only a professional athlete but a mentor and a humanitarian was about to take "one last ride."

George W. Nellies, Towson

Copyright © 2015, CT Now
Related Content
  • Ravens must do right by women [Letter]

    Ravens must do right by women [Letter]

    All eyes are now on the Ravens to right the wrong done by the NFL with its ridiculous slap on the wrist "punishment" of Ray Rice ("NFL vice president Adolph Birch says Ray Rice's discipline was 'appropriate,'" July 28).

  • Football and going too far [Editorial]

    Football and going too far [Editorial]

    Our view: Act of boorish behavior caught on tape is latest sign that Americans have lost sense of proportion with their favorite team sport