Letter: Marty DeTarr and Facebook (opinion)
The Tribune requires me to create a Facebook account if I wish to post a comment to the obituary of Marty DeTarr.
Facebook just agreed to pay a $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for mishandling user data and violating consumers’ privacy. I will never have a Facebook account because of these types of offensive actions by Facebook. Requiring a Facebook account to post an obit comment is pure discrimination against the many people who have closed (or never opened) a FB account.
My simple message to Marty (an avid sailor) that the Tribune would not allow me to post reads:
You Lucky Dog! The final leg of your journey is a spinnaker run. Warm gentle breezes filling your sail full with your life’s experiences and accomplishments. Your family and friends are woven together as the fabric of your sail. The sun shines brightly while you sail off to your new horizon. Don’t worry, you’re on autopilot from here on out. See ya around the campfire my friend.
Your eternal friend,
Camper Bob Buehler
Zephyr Cove, Nevada
Editor’s note: The Tribune, like many news outlets across the country, moved to require a Facebook account to post comments as a means to cutdown on anonymous comments. This policy has been in place for years. Any readers who have suggestions for an alternative policy can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters to the editor can be sent to the same email address.