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Story shows pro-ranch bias

I was saddened at your recent articles pertaining to the Utah Boys Ranch, showing only the benefits it has to offer. Your articles, along with others dealing with the ranch, fail to interview boys actually attending or who have attended the ranch. Your articles are completely biased in favor of the ranch.

The mother interviewed will only say nice things about the ranch because she feels her son has "completely changed." But is completely changing a person a good idea? To remold a boy's mind to coincide with a facility like the Utah Boys Ranch is dangerous.All the "graduates" of the ranch were forced to be paradigms of the ranch's ideals, not individuals in society. Do we want hundreds, if not thousands, of young men to have the same personality?

All the articles pertaining to the ranch deal with the dramatic changes that occurred in the boys' demeanor and how happy their parents are now. No articles deal with the darker side -- medications, suicide watch, hard labor in the fields for not cooperating and the loss of close friends.

In the future, it would be nice if your articles were more than propaganda for the Utah Boys Ranch. Perhaps journalists should try to report both sides of an issue and not settle for an easily written fluff story.

Maria Wojtowicz

Lancaster, N.Y.