Reader tells newspaper to tell it like it is

Here’s a quote from the weekend edition, May 24, in an article about a fatal motorcycle crash: “The rider of the motorcycle passed away from his injuries on Friday evening.” Just whose sensibilities are being protected? “Passed away” is something elderly grandmothers do quietly in bed surrounded by family. With all due respect to his family, the victim died or was killed violently and messily in a motorcycle accident. Are we all expected to have such delicate sensibilities that we must be protected from any notion that people actually die? A newspaper should be protecting the integrity of our language and not pandering to its corruption.

Richard A. Davis