I read Laura Armstrong's column regarding the wronged Cobb mother. I would like to remind her that she was convicted by a jury of her peers who had been presented with the facts. All of the facts. Not just those presented by the defendant, to the media, putting her own spin on them. Just one of the things she didn't say is a witness heard her threaten to throw one of her children in front of a car minutes before the accident. She also did not share how dangerous the conditions were to which she chose to subject her children. The jurors were able to weigh all the facts without consideration to media smears and political fallout.
I understand that Mrs. Armstrong is a mother and identifies with other mothers. However, I am sure she doesn't run around putting her children in harm's way with reckless abandon as this mother did. I caution her as a mother to be careful with which mothers you cast your lot. Obviously, the mere ability to procreate does not make one a good and responsible parent. Furthermore, I admonish her as a journalist for not making the minimal effort necessary to check the facts and accepting part and parcel the deliberately sensational portrayals on morning talk shows. I understand Mrs. Armstrong is a columnist and writes mostly opinion pieces. However, with her privilege of presenting her opinions to the community comes the responsibility for them to be informed opinions.
Dawn R. Levine