The papers and talks shows are full of sad stories about Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o' and his apparently imaginary deceased girlfriend ("We're supposed to be skeptical," Jan. 17).

With all the trouble, pathos and good will stories to be told, why are we assaulted with this trash? You'd think that journalists and others in the news media would have more important items on their agenda.

F. Cordell, Lutherville

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