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‘COVER’ IT UP

To Misha Klein, the parent who said your Nov. 24 Oklahoma Gazette Donny Vomit cover was inappropriate for her child (Letters, “Nail files,” Dec. 8):

Why doesn’t she take responsibility and put her Gazette where it can’t be seen by her little angel? Like the old adage says, “If you don’t like the channel, change it.”

Keep the covers coming!

—AJ Phillips

Edmond

‘SPOT’ FOUL

This is regarding the letter from Misha Klein (Letters, “Nail files,” Dec. 8). She suggested that the Gazette was irresponsible in a cover it printed, deeming the content inappropriate for her 4-year-old to see, and she was dismayed with his response to it.

My question to Klein is this: If you found it inappropriate, why did you leave it in a spot where he could see it? Who’s the irresponsible one here? Be the parent instead of a whiner.

—Carol Thompson

Midwest City

BACK TO ‘REALITY’

When I see the lead-in to stories such as “Reality check” (Carol Cole-Frowe, Dec. 1, Gazette) blaming HIV (yet again) on the “younger generation,” I wonder why we continue to ignore two decades of careful epidemiological research clearly showing HIV/AIDS is being contracted at dramatically older ages and is increasingly concentrated in impoverished populations.

In 1993, just 16 percent of new HIV cases were diagnosed in Americans age 40 and older; today, a staggering 43 percent. The AIDS epidemic is aging rapidly in Oklahoma, where Department of Health reports show new HIV/AIDS diagnoses more than doubled among ages 40 and older over the last dozen years.

Despite the fact that middle-agers are far less likely to live in hazardous conditions of disadvantage and poverty than are young people, the number of new HIV/ AIDS cases among age 40-49 now exceeds those among age 13-24. How officials and experts can be missing this startling trend in a deadly disease is baffling.

Unfortunately, news stories continue to recycle the myth that AIDS is just the result of bad teenage attitudes and the “mentality” of the “younger generation.”

As one who worked with young people for 15 years, I feel this smug image perpetuates the dangerous pretense that youth behaviors can be neatly walled off from those of adults and obscures the serious risks youths in destitute and runaway situations face.

That the richest older generation in American history forces millions of young people to grow up in severe poverty exposes youths to many dangers, one of which is contracting HIV from partners, prostitution clients and exploiters who tend to be much older. Oklahoma, like America, has suffered inexplicable eruptions in drug abuse, suicide, crime, violence arrest, imprisonment and HIV among middle-agers (the generation parenting adolescents) that authorities and the news media have proven extraordinarily reluctant to acknowledge. That’s the “reality check” affecting young and old alike we should be confronting.

—Mike Males

Oklahoma City

BATCH SHOULD ‘THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY’

Nathaniel Batchelder is certainly persistent to demonize Glenn Beck and company when you ask him to prove his smears (Letters, “Saving humanity,” Nov. 17, Gazette). In now his second refusal to substantiate his smear that Beck characterized President Obama as a Kenyan-born Muslim, Batchelder again attacks Fox with falsehood.

Batchelder writes that, “Australian multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch owns Fox, and doubtless has a say in the themes emanating from the network. Do they arouse division? … To advocates for gay rights who called in to his show, Michael Savage spit out the vile retort, ‘I hope you die of AIDS.’” For the record, Savage was on MSNBC — not Fox — when he told a prank caller (not some “advocates for gay rights”), “You should only get AIDS and die, you pig.” Perhaps Batchelder could explain how smearing Murdoch and Fox with what MSNBC did promotes peace.

Batchelder writes that, “Fabulous wealth typically supports a narrow political agenda, one that I see served by the personalities who make Fox their

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