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Reader Objects to Lead Stories

August 02, 1992

On two recent Sundays, the San Gabriel Valley section has featured a top story with a sensational headline followed by a lousy story. First it was some guy (accused of) killing his ex-girlfriend's husband in El Monte. (Times, July 12). The next week's headline is Murder Mystery, etc. (Times, July 19). We then learn that there was somebody killed at a party in an angry exchange between two young people.

Is there anything really unique or informative about these stories? I think not. All one has to do is look at the other stories on the page to see the kind of articles we readers want. I think this is just more of the mentality that sensationalism sells.

I own extensive property in El Monte and am glad to see more city government stories in the paper. But there's a lot more going on there and elsewhere besides budget problems and the city clerk's office. What about all the human interest stories going on in all valley cities? I get the same reaction when I talk to other Times readers, so I know I'm not alone in my feelings.

JAMES HORN Jr.

La Puente

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