Sometime over this past weekend, friends and family of a 21 year-old Lockport man suffered a tremendous tragedy when the young man fell to his death behind Urban Park Towers. I cannot begin to comprehend the magnitude of their loss and condolences go out to them.
From a media perspective, we are quite perplexed at the headline that the Union Sun & Journal chose to run after the tragedy was discovered. The US&J ran a headline of "Concert Goer Found Dead". Why? Was his death directly attributable to the concert? The answer is no. In fact, nowhere in the story does it say that he attended the concert. It says he was at Taboo. It says he was at Papa Leos. It says that he was at Gonzos. Someone I spoke to says he did not attend the concert. So what purpose is served by the paper to state the a concert goer was killed? Why not a headline of "Gonzo Goer Found Dead" or "Papa Leos Goer Found Dead?" Why is it necessary to repeatedly do everything within your power to tear down what is good?
The concert series has brought 10s of thousands of people to downtown Lockport, people who have never stepped into the city. Many in the community feel that this is the best thing that has happened to Lockport in decades. At the concerts and days after, people are still talking about the shows. REO Speedwagon drew 25,000 people. Simply fantastic.
What does the US&J do? They run a headline with the express intent of tearing down the concert series by attempting to connect this tragic death to the concert. There is no connection, and the actions of the newspaper are disgustingly irresponsible.
It's time that the people of the Lockport area start taking action. However, that doesn't mean you should call the newspaper - call their advertisers. Tell them that you will no longer patronize their stores because you are fed up with the irresponsible and destructive journalism practices at the Union Sun & Journal. That, I can assure you, will send a message to the malcontents running that rag of a paper.