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Hard lessons from a real-life tragedy

Sometimes it’s not fun to be a journalist, to witness and report on things that are uncomfortable, if not ugly.

In the case with our story on page 1 about the sentencing of Gene Mayfield, it was “the saddest thing I’ve ever covered,” as reporter Sean Morgan put it when he returned to our office.

We’ve reported many sad stories during The New Era’s 90 years of covering Sweet Home. They come with the territory as your local newspaper, but there are times when we need do more than simply report them and move on. We can think about what lessons might be there for all of us. That...