Thursday, April 18, 2019
I am sorry- I was wrong
At the other times, I add an allegedly humorous comment.
Some of you enjoy those comments. Others groan when they see my attempts at humor.
Sometimes, the humor is totally inappropriate.
That was the case Monday when I posted a Facebook link on the Inside Joplin blog to a Jasper County Sheriff's Office news release about a domestic dispute between a Joplin husband and wife that ended with both of them going to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
A portion of the news release noted that after the altercation, they drove to Freeman for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
On Facebook, I wrote a comment to the effect that it saved money on an ambulance.
It was not funny and it was inappropriate.
Domestic violence should not be a subject of humor and as people who have contacted me about the comment have let me know.
When there is a news story like this one, it is sometimes easy to forget that some of those who read it are close to the people who are involved.
There is nothing wrong with publishing with the story. Adding to it with gratuitous remarks is another matter.
No one has demanded an apology, though that certainly would have been understandable.
Instead, I have had people tell me that while they appreciate what I do, they are disappointed with me.
They had every right to be and they are not alone.
I am disappointed, too.
While I am certain there will be times when I will use humor in a way that offends some of you. Murders, domestic violence, sexual abuse and stories involving those kinds of crimes should not be accompanied by cheap jokes.
I will do better.