I am disappointed in Funcoast, the publication put out every Wednesday by the Sandusky Register. This publication showcases and reflects on activities and businesses within our community. Although the majority of this insert is informative and entertaining, the back cover called “Spotted” (where photographs of people participating in these activities appear) is not. I am concerned with the message that some of these inappropriate photos convey to the readers (especially adolescents and younger). I was appalled at two specific photos that appeared in the Feb. 28 issue. They were of two young ladies, both holding beer cans! Should we be promoting drinking? Although I am sure the individuals were of legal drinking age, they looked very young and inebriated. We live in a very active city where there are tons of more positive examples of “fun” that we can publish. Why are these photographs almost always of people in bars? What about the boat show, bingo, school concerts, etc.? Is the Register actually paying a staff member to go to bars and take pictures?
As an educator in Sandusky and customer of the Sandusky Register, I would like to ask the Register to be more cognizant of the pictures it publishes and be more responsible as a media source that influences the children and young adults within this fine area. A famous African quote says, “It takes a village to raise a child” and this “village” needs to be more careful of the images it is portraying of its own.