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Letter about Otterstrom coverage ignores basic facts about news coverage

With respect to Karin Steinbeck’s April 11 letter regarding the suspension of Chad Otterstrom: Karen, if every newspaper in the country was asked not to write articles that were detrimental to the subject, readers would have nothing to read.

It is not, and never will be, up to Chad what can be printed with respect to his profession. I don’t know him, don’t care to know him. But if what you say is true about how he is “One of the biggest role models in snowboarding,” the press got him there.

For this, he should thank them. Life can be feast or famine. Don’t begrudge that which made him great.

You state all of his friends, family, role models think he does drug because of the Summit Daily News. Wrong. These people think he took drugs that were deemed illegal by the International Federation of Skiing. The fact is, regardless of why he took them, they are illegal for a reason. It is up to the competitor to know the rules of the sport.

To say “I didn’t know” does not cut it. Everyone feels like a victim by society at some point. As I am not in the spotlight, I would think my bouts with the law would be less newsworthy, but don’t think for a minute that Chad did not know this before he became a role model.

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