Letter: Exposure

I just wanted to respond to a letter published in today’s (March 13) paper written by Bobbi Braun, the mother of a 4-year-old who was offended by The Recorder’s Arts and Entertainment feature on the racy art exhibit going on at Nina’s Nook in Turners Falls. The news we see in the paper, on the web, and on TV offends me every single day. Real-life stories of violence, racism, addiction, crime — none of it is appropriate for children. On Sept. 11, 2001, we took our 5-year-old son to Children’s Hospital in Boston to have some very invasive and painful procedures involving catheterization. Later we found out that he would have to have bladder surgery to correct a birth defect. We not only had to explain that to him, but had to try to explain the inexplicable — why the TV in the hospital lobby kept showing pictures of planes hitting buildings — over and over and over again. After that, Willie Warmers would have been comic relief — bring it on! I truly hope the most offensive and horrifying things that Bobbi Braun’s kids see, hear or experience are Willie Warmers. Sadly, that is not the world we live in today. Her kids will hear a lot worse on the bus than what’s displayed at Nina’s. I fervently hope as a mother that her kids don’t experience a tragedy like Sandy Hook or 9/11 during their lifetime. Oh, and I should warn her not to substitute the evening news on TV for the newspaper (which she vowed not to let the kids read) — there are some pretty embarrassing ads for prescription medication for men that air on the national news shows!



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