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To the Editor:
The members and friends of New Harrisburg Presbyterian Church mourn the death of their pastor, Reverend Elaine Dutton, on Jan. 17.   The other 87 Presbyterian congregations that make up Muskingum Valley Presbytery share the shock and grief of their brothers and sisters in Christ in the untimely death of the newly-ordained young woman who had been their pastor since November 2010. As an officer of our presbytery, I write to question your decision to include a photograph of the car in which Reverend Dutton died in the article on the front page of last week’s edition of your newspaper.  What purpose was served by this? 

Surely the pain and sorrow of the New Harrisburg congregation has only been deepened by this action.  I suggest that a photograph of the New Harrisburg church and its front lawn sign honoring Elaine’s memory would have been more appropriate and would have commemorated the love of this congregation for the pastoral leader they have lost.
Paula G. Lane
Transitional Stated Clerk
Muskingum Valley Presbytery
New Philadelphia, OH


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