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July 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Zombies and the Fourth of July: Front-page story is offensive

Fremont Zombie Walk coverage made light of serious holiday

Of all the Fourth of July front-page stories you could feature — about our troops, our Northwest military pride, the freedom we enjoy today — you chose to print some obscene picture with a nonsense zombie story with the headline “Spritzing up for the red, white and dead” [page one, July 4]? What were you thinking?

Thank you, though, for your merchant marine story [“Merchant marine veterans wage battle for recognition,” page one, July 4]. That was worth it. Too bad it was so badly overshadowed.

Give us more insightful, personal and newsworthy front-page features like these Marines’ story and choose your publication days wisely.

Thanks to our fighting men and women for allowing me the freedom to vent.

— Gib Hinz, Freeland

No to zombies on front page

When I glanced at the page-one story with the headline “Spritzing up for the red, white and dead,” I thought it might be about our military on the red, white and blue national holiday. How disappointed and dismayed I was to see this article featured the Fremont Zombie Walk, which hoped to attract more than 5,000 zombies and break a Guinness World Record.

From someone who attended, I learned the event was a lot of fun, and I’m not taking umbrage with that. But the cover picture of fake blood on a young participant is an insult to our young military men and women who suffer wounds with real blood.

What incredibly poor judgment you used to herald this event so prominently on the Fourth of July.

— Eleanor G. Nash, Kenmore

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