Letters to the Editor

Why note she’s a grandma?

Colleen Ann Harris, 73, was convicted Wednesday of the murder of her third husband. A letter writer asks why it’s necessary to report she’s a grandma.
Colleen Ann Harris, 73, was convicted Wednesday of the murder of her third husband. A letter writer asks why it’s necessary to report she’s a grandma. rbyer@sacbee.com

Re “Placerville grandmother guilty of first-degree murder” (Page A1, April 16): Does anyone else ever wonder why reporters often mention when a woman is a grandmother, no matter what the story is about? In the front-page story about the Placerville woman’s murder of her husband, it’s not only at the top of the story, it’s in the headline. The killer is a … wait for it – grandma!

I guess little old ladies are expected to be at home knitting doilies, so when they do flawed or downright awful things, The Sacramento Bee doesn’t ever want to miss the opportunity to make sure we know they are also grandmothers.

Women used to be reported on in newspapers at birth, marriage and death. While times have certainly changed and women are making headlines for many different reasons, The Bee has added another female life transition that must be included in every story: grandmotherhood.

Ann Fogarty, Vacaville

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