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Can’t believe Birthday Club

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Each Saturday, I cringe as I read the Neighbors section in the Northwest Herald, in particular the Birthday Club.

I have no idea who at the Northwest Herald thought up this feature, and I can’t believe any parent would be so irresponsible as to send in their child’s photo with name, age, birthdate, parents’ names, and village/town they reside in.

What an open invitation to all the pedophiles out there. In this day and age, how hard do you think it would be to search out an exact address, figure out the child’s school, neighborhood, playground, etc., and then approach the child with a, “Hi, Susie, your mom sent me to pick you up. Hop in the car and I’ll take you home.” Or, “Hey, Timmy, please help me find my puppy, He got away.”

Parents, you and your child might have discussed Mr. Stranger Danger, but when that pedophile knows your child’s name, his or her actual birthdate, and Mommy and Daddy’s name, all those talks may go out the window.

Northwest Herald, I understand how exciting it must be for the child to see his or her picture in the newspaper, but how about eliminating some of those precise details that could put the child in harm’s way?

Come on, parents and Northwest Herald, think. Let’s make every effort to keep our children safe.

Michele Hirz


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