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LETTERS

September 06, 1997

Princess Diana is remembered as caring person

I hope the death of Princess Diana will not be in vain.

The media and those in their employ should be held responsible for their actions.

In my opinion, laws pertaining to freedom of the press should be amended to include responsibility and common decency when it comes to one's private and law-abiding life. Stalking, unsolicited photographing and restricting one's freedom of movement in private life should be curtailed and punishable by law.

This whole pathetic episode was akin to the hounds running the fox until it could run no more.

C. Wells Hay

Arbutus

I have shed many tears over the death of Princess Diana.

I feel our world was blessed to have her. She accepted her role of "ambassador" during her marriage as part of her royal duty. She continued her works after her bitter divorce by focusing on those less fortunate. Her elegance never stopped her from being with even the most untouchable members of society.

How will those she helped be served now that she is gone?

I urge those in mourning to remember Diana by contributing to one of her causes, whether it is for AIDS, Bosnian land mines or the Red Cross. She would be pleased that her work is being continued.

Stephanie Keenan

Severna Park

Even a princess is entitled to some degree of privacy, but the public's demented desire to delve into her life is in part of blame.

Yes, the paparazzi and the drunken driver were the direct cause of her death. But our yearning to know who, what, where and when gave legitimacy to those who were chasing her car.

Maybe now the tabloids will be relegated to the place where they belong -- in the back corner of the stove or, better yet, in the garbage.

We as the buying public need to say enough is enough to avoid additional senseless events like Diana's death.

Richard Pazornik

Baltimore

While I understand the need of many to express their grief, I cannot help but wonder about all of the flowers, toys, balloons, etc. that have been left outside the British Embassy.

Surely the toys will be gathered for a charity but unfortunately the flowers will perish soon. Wouldn't it be better to send such an item in Diana's memory to perhaps a nursing home or shelter of some sort? Or perhaps send the money to a charitable organization?

I am sure there are a number of local organizations that could use the $5 that one would have spent on flowers.

Robert T. Hoehn

Baltimore

Considering the intrusive nature of the press, I was very upset to see the photo in the Sept. 1 Sun that showed Princess Diana's sons on their way to church the morning of their mother's death.

The photographer had to be close to the car to get the picture. Can't these people leave these poor children alone?

Phyllis Griffin

Pikesville

I mourn the loss to the world of this extraordinary example of human caring and compassion. And I take heart in the unprecedented outpouring of emotion in response to her death. I want to believe that much of that response springs from a deep-seated yearning for a more caring and compassionate world.

But I am also saddened by reading your recent opinion and commentary pages. They reveal that a sensitivity to human caring and compassion is not shared by all.

They reveal writers who are blinded by prejudice, who judge Diana against their personal canons of behavior, who seem to revel in their capacity to think, but not to feel.

Would that we had a compassion pill to prescribe to these people, for they cannot see that Diana was such a pill for the multitudes.

Doron Antrim

Reisterstown

Journalism has gone into a defensive crouch over the paparazzi issue.

The argument I hear most is that "people want this stuff." That is, the masses demand any picture whatever that can be taken of celebrities.

This is disingenuous.

For one thing, nearly all of us have a morbid impulse to see what we shouldn't. People will look at anything: an evisceration, a gang rape, a man being skinned alive. We all have impulses, to steal, to kill, etc., and they have to be controlled. It's called civilization.

The media cannot duck their responsibilities here. Citing the First Amendment is beside the point.

We should keep in mind the rewards of the paparazzis' anti-social acts. The recent photo of Princess Diana kissing her friend brought the photographer a reported $5 million. No wonder those people act like rabid dogs.

ichael Kernan

Baltimore

Perhaps this terrible tragedy will bring home, finally, to us that everyone who buys tabloid newspapers has had a hand in Diana's untimely death. The paparazzi would not be risking life and limb if the rewards were not so high, supported and financed by the buying public. Shame.

Leslie Dell

Baltimore

In regards to the death of Princess Diana, it is sickening to see the press turning the focus off themselves.

Let's NOT forget why Princess Diana's driver was going so fast to begin with!

Lawrence J. Connell

Glen Burnie

Peter Jay's heartless commentary on Princess Diana's death filled me with revulsion. He can't even bring himself to call her needless death a tragedy.

Marjorie B. Roswell

Baltimore

No vehicle -- except perhaps an emergency vehicle -- needs to have 12 cylinders and 394 horsepowers under the hood, especially for driving the streets of Paris. And even a well-trained driver is not capable of handling a high-speed vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Princess Diana's untimely death should be a sobering reminder to those who think that they can drink and drive safely.

`Clyde R. Shallenberger

Baltimore

Pub Date: 9/06/97

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