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Ray Lewis was worth the ink

Hurricane Sandy (2012)Michael PhelpsPerry Hall High School

Regarding letter writer Bruce R. Knauff's complaint that coverage of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' retirement has been excessive, every debate has two sides ("Enough about Ray Lewis," Jan. 8).

Mr. Knauff suggested that The Sun would better serve its readers by covering more of the "other national and world events with the potential to directly or indirectly affect us."

As a retired journalism teacher, I would offer the following rebuttal: The extent of a publication's coverage is usually based on three factors: immediacy, significance, and proximity.

Is it happening now? Is it important? Is it relevant to the community? Clearly, the news that came out of Owings Mills on Jan. 2 met all three criteria.

In recent memory, we have seen the tragedy at Perry Hall High School and the destruction wrought by the derecho and Hurricane Sandy. Go back further and revisit the Olympic triumphs of Michael Phelps as well as both the Ironman milestone and the retirement of Cal Ripken.

Each of these items merited extensive local coverage. The Sun's multi-page attention to these locally significant events added to the depth and breadth of our awareness.

I agree with Mr. Knauff that we need to be kept informed on important issues in both Washington and the world, especially the Middle East. But the wheels of progress on these stages grind exceedingly slowly.

On that particular day, no other story approached the momentous local importance of news that a man who for 17 years had been not only a professional athlete but a mentor and a humanitarian was about to take "one last ride."

George W. Nellies, Towson

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