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In the May 4 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, on the front page of one of the sections, you showed an image of Kieffer Sutherland (as Jack Bauer from the series "24") with a firearm, pointing it in a menacing manner, although not at a particular person.

I have two young children (ages 3 and 5). I do not allow them to watch such violent programming on television, because I feel they are too young for this subject matter. I do not feel they are ready for conversation on such topics as guns and violence.

You do not (and I presume, would not) show images of people drinking, smoking, engaging in drug use, having sex or any number of other activities, for the reasons I stated above. I do not understand why you seem to think that gun violence falls outside these categories and into the acceptable to print category.

I am the furthest thing from a prude. I understand that all these things are all facts of life, that they must be talked about with my kids, and I fully intend to do so when I feel they are ready, not when you decide they are ready.

Andrew S. Merrill


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