We feel it is indeed appropriate to refer to lawbreakers as "punks" and "thugs". We also are not concerned about offending said punks and thugs by referring to them as such. Had they not broken the law, they would not have become famous in the pages of Somd.com in the first place.Subject: Distasteful Headlines
It's been four years now since, my family and I relocated to Waldorf. We regularly visit your site and have found many of your local events articles - especially those related to incidents that transpire in Waldorf - distasteful. For example, "Teen Pot Heads Busted" - 11/03/05, "Punk's Getaway Foiled by Stop Sticks" - 08/30/05, "DC Thugs Commit Armed Carjacking at Randy's Ribs" - 08/29/05, etc.
The use and labeling of suspects as "pot heads", "punks," "(DC) and Thugs," is highly inappropriate and suggests a narrow-minded mentality that should be corrected. Surely, the professional(s) responsibile for these articles can, at the very least, consult a thesaurus for terminology that is less crude.
Better yet, how about headlines that are simple, descriptive and absent bias.
In the broad scheme of things, we feel it is much worse to do drugs, lead police on a car chase and carjack your fellow citizens than it is to call criminals by unflattering epithets.
So our characterization stands, but we thank you for taking time to voice your opinion.