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Outraged by Mann trial coverage

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my sincere disappointment with your publication of the story of October 18, 2012 Not guilty of child sexual batteries, votes Mann jury.

I am outraged that this story was published. Have you no consideration for the poor child who is now known to every reader of The Baker County Press? Whether the accused was found guilty or not, this story should never have been published. Whatever happened to protecting the identity of the victim [and yes, her identity will be known, because you published her father’s name]?

Did you not take into consideration that it will now be known by every person of Baker County, plus any others that read this publication, that this child considers herself a victim of sexual assault. Baker County is a small community and information spreads like wildfire.

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Speaks highly of BCSO cooperation

Dear Editor:

This summer I completed a sexual issues course at UNF as part of my graduate studies in clinical mental health counseling. I invited the coordinator of the rape crisis team from the Women’s Center of Jacksonville to speak with the class about how she and the team go about creating a sense of safety when intervening in sexual assaults and support of survivors.

I learned that the center also serves Baker County, and the coordinator spoke very positively about the way of sheriff’s department intervenes in these situations, and she contrasted it with law enforcement in other counties.

She said BCSO intervenes in ways that are respectful of rape survivors and demonstrates understanding of the trauma as well as in the disclosure and investigative process.

As a member of this community the past 20 years and a counselor nearing the end of clinical training, I appreciate the informed and supportive partnership that exists between our sheriff’s department and professionals who deliver services to crime victims, especially survivors of sexual assault.

The Women’s Center hotline is 904-721-7273 for support 24/7. Calls are confidential.

Jo Mamula

Glen St. Mary

Praise, not barbs for animal control

Dear Editor:

After reading the article in The Baker County Press last week concerning Baker County Animal Control, I would like to share my experience.

For nearly a decade I have had frequent interaction with Georgia Monfort and other animal control personnel, most recently Mr. Self. I regularly foster puppies for them and call for advice when I have unexpected “guests” that need to be trapped and removed from my property.

They have always been caring and kind. In fact, animals are shown for adoption at county events, including the upcoming Baker County Fair.

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‘Disconnect’ over animals’ role

Sharpen your pens, you animal rights people. You’re not going to like this.

How tiresome it’s become to witness the exaggerated fawning on the part of popular media over the animal world. The breathless accounts on the plight of the loggerhead turtles, the gallant efforts to save beached whales, the wailing over horses heading for slaughter so the French can have “horse steaks” or whatever they eat.

“Animal” stories have always been a part of news reporting. They touch an emotional cord in humans, and that is as it should be. Animals are with us here on earth, part of God’s creation. I get that.

What I don’t get is the inference that because they are part of the planet’s mix, they are somehow “equal” to humans. They are animals, to be treated humanely and, in the case of pet animals, enjoyed. I get that also.

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