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Unnecessary facts

Posted: April 1, 2010 11:18 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 
I read The Signal every day.

I am one of those who actually reads the entire news article. I do not want to miss important information about my community. Marianne Love’s story about “A boy and his bike” (March 25) caught my attention.

After reading the entire news article, I wondered why this was a front-page story.

Indeed, the story was an interesting feature about 13-year-old Alex Olea, of Val Verde, experiencing the theft of his Sheriff’s Department-donated bike, compliments of the commendable BEAR (Bicycle Education and Registration) Program.

I was perplexed to see this story on the front page of The Signal. Was this hard news?

Nonetheless, Olea worked hard to earn a bike that he quite obviously coveted and cherished. Great work by Deputy Brian Rooney and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department, which helped recover the bike and return it to Olea. A Val Verde man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

Deeper into the story were comments made by Olea’s mother, Erica Paloz. Paloz said the experience made a profound impression on her son.

Then, Love reports in her story, “Paloz, 26, said, BEAR ‘keeps my son off the streets.’”

Can someone please tell me want is germane about reporting Paloz’s age? Frankly, I was distracted by the shock of knowing Paloz was herself a young child when she apparently gave birth to Alex.

In my query to Love as to why she would report the mother’s age, her response was this was The Signal’s policy.

If this is The Signal’s policy — reporting this 13-year-old has a 26-year-old mother — then The Signal needs to review such an obviously flawed policy. Reporting that alarming age fact actually detracted from what I felt was an interesting story.




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