Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Gun control vote was front-page news
TO THE EDITORS:
I realize that time constraints, limited space and other factors play a part in the choice of front-page articles, especially the all-important above-the-fold section. However, my wife and I were shocked, literally shocked, when we saw the first page of newspaper on April 18.
We expected to see a large-font headline and a major page 1 analysis of the historical Senate defeat of the bill to broaden background checks on gun purchasers in the U.S. Along with that storyline should have been an article regarding President Obama's almost unprecedented press conference in reaction to the vote. (Both of these articles were buried on page 6.)
Your choice of three articles on the top of page 1 baffles me. Instead of the gun control article, you featured: An increase in the number of crimes arising from online ads, a downtown business plans to bring live music to its building and the Amtrak station finally gets painted.
Evidently, the editors view these events as more important to readers than the news coming out of Washington, D.C. None of these articles could have been pushed back to page 6 or held until the next day?
I have been fortunate to have traveled to, and lived in, many countries. Often, questions regarding gun control in the U.S. are asked, most recently by students and adult friends in Sweden. I know that they and others around the world are discussing the April 17 vote and Obama's reaction.
Whether one agrees with the vote or not, certainly it merited coverage on the front page.
Mark H. Gallagher