Thursday, September 22, 2011

Full monty

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 4:00 AM

I feel compelled to respond to a letter printed in last week’s Indy penned by Susan Campbell Reneau (see “Not cute”). In all of my 17 years of reading the Indy, I have never read a more judgmental, hate-filled and ridiculous letter as hers.

I would like to say a few things to Mrs. Campbell Reneau. My understanding is that you were not even present at the incident in question and your heinous opinion was crafted through second-hand information. Obviously, you have no personal knowledge of the student, Daniel Thew, and neither do I, but for you to pass such incredibly negative judgment on a person based upon a single choice that he made is very narrow-minded and unfair. To demand that he should be charged with a felony and have to register as a sex offender is amazingly offensive to actual victims of sexual abuse. He streaked across a football field. While immature, this is not a sex crime last time I checked. I empathize with your trauma experiences at the hands of a drunk driver, but to try to equate drunk driving and streaking is not only a huge leap, it makes you look like the one who needs counseling.

By the way, I laughed out loud when I turned the page in last week’s issue to see a partially edited, and fully naked, Chad Harder photo of Daniel Thew, with the crowd going wild behind him. Nice work, Indy staff.

Mark Rothman

Missoula

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