Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Last week you included information in your "Yesteryears" column regarding a fatal car accident in 1972. Jan. 5, 1972 is a date that my family and the other three families will never forget. It was not just a case of black ice and not only two men were involved. All those involved will be living with this day for the rest of our lives. For you it may seem some small piece of news from a long time ago. Believe me, the pain of that day never truly leaves. Our lives go on, but to see it in print every 10 years is very difficult. You have printed this information in 1982 and 1992. If some good could come from printing this piece of local history, I would find comfort, I can not find a reason for mentioning such a painful account, other than what you may regard as reader interest. Surely there must be other information to pass along that your readers would find interesting?
I am writing this for the other children who must grow up with the loss of a parent. Please stop and think about whether they may wish to have such a loss brought into print on each milestone year. The tragic events that you report on are not just "news." They have loved ones who are affected by what you write. Please try to keep this in mind. This is a loving community, our newspaper should be representative of this. I would also like to mention that 30 years ago a photo of my father, Joe Farley, was used on the front page of the Hood River News, not a picture of the crash site or the automobiles involved. Our family always appreciated that consideration.
Patricia Farley Gehrig
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Oil train car being transported by truck
A damaged rail car from the June 3, 2016 oil train derailment and fire is transported from the crash site via truck on I84. Enlarge