Reader Response: Spring break photo broke the boundary of decency

• Saturday morning (March 25) my wife and I awoke to face the day by getting the Daily News and a cup of coffee, and sat down at our kitchen table to read.

Spring Break — 'I feel like my grandmother is watching us,' says Ohio State University student Stacey Taylor, center, as she dances to the booming music with friends. 'They're probably looking at us like we're a bunch of hoochies, but they don't realize how stressful our life is, how competitive it is.' The physical therapy major had come to Fort Myers Beach for spring break — to relax with friends and fellow students Danielle Kaufman, left, and Natalie Burnside, right. The students are among the thousands of college students that spend a week in the sun at Fort Myers Beach this time of year. 'It's absolutely beautiful here,' she adds. 'It's a nice place to take our minds off of school and work and stress.' Her dancing partner on this day was Fort Myers Beach firefighter Dan Miller, who had been invited to a beach house that's rented every year by firefighters from Cincinnati. This is Miller's first spring break in Fort Myers Beach. He escaped the snow and cold of Chicago, and says he like the Florida climate a lot better. 'You don't have to shovel the rain down here,' Miller says with a smile. After a week of partying, Taylor and her friends will be heading back north to Ohio. 'Back to snow, back to stress, back to being a hermit,' says Taylor. But she will have memories of fun in the sun to help her get through the spring semester. Published March 25, 2006

Photo by Darron R. Silva, Daily News

Spring Break — "I feel like my grandmother is watching us," says Ohio State University student Stacey Taylor, center, as she dances to the booming music with friends. "They're probably looking at us like we're a bunch of hoochies, but they don't realize how stressful our life is, how competitive it is." The physical therapy major had come to Fort Myers Beach for spring break — to relax with friends and fellow students Danielle Kaufman, left, and Natalie Burnside, right. The students are among the thousands of college students that spend a week in the sun at Fort Myers Beach this time of year. "It's absolutely beautiful here," she adds. "It's a nice place to take our minds off of school and work and stress." Her dancing partner on this day was Fort Myers Beach firefighter Dan Miller, who had been invited to a beach house that's rented every year by firefighters from Cincinnati. This is Miller's first spring break in Fort Myers Beach. He escaped the snow and cold of Chicago, and says he like the Florida climate a lot better. "You don't have to shovel the rain down here," Miller says with a smile. After a week of partying, Taylor and her friends will be heading back north to Ohio. "Back to snow, back to stress, back to being a hermit," says Taylor. But she will have memories of fun in the sun to help her get through the spring semester. Published March 25, 2006

My wife took the Local & State section and I picked up the Neapolitan section (called Gulf Life in the Bonita edition).

Wow!

Right there on half of the full page were three young, plump college girls in bikini bathing suits wiggling to music (presumably) with a bald, half-naked young male with his hands wrapped around one of the girls.

I was afraid to go to the next page for fear of what I would see these people doing there.

My wife and I are not prudes nor do we think we are naive, but an almost pornographic picture on the front page of a section of the Daily News is a bit much.

Let's try to stick with better taste in pictures in the future. Your paper is much better than that picture suggests.

David K. Jensen , Naples

• I will eat my copy of the paper if this is the only e-mail you receive on your spring break picture.

I found it exploitive, inappropriate, unnecessary and offensive.

Shame on you, Daily News.

Patricia Impens , Bonita Springs and Indian Head Park, Ill.

• The powers that be at the paper chose to devote the entire front page of a section to three non-bikini-bodied girls in bikinis with a Fort Myers firefighter holding the hip of one.

One of the spring-break girls blubbers that life at Ohio State University is "stressful and competitive."

Isn't that a shame? Maybe they should think about compulsory military service and serve their country instead of having a four-year "party."

It's about time the Daily News reviews its standards and the views of the editors, and maybe replace some!

Cy Coline , Naples

• "I feel like my grandmother is watching us."

So says one of the girls in the photo.

What kind of pictures would she pose for if she felt granny wasn't watching?

(And we wonder why they yell "rape.")

Mary L. Smith , Naples

• "The Spring Break" picture and text was so inappropriate.

"I feel like my grandmother is watching us," one girl said.

Well, we grandmothers are watching and we are standing up and saying "no" to lowering standards and exposing readers of all ages to actions that are not appropriate and pictures that are in the poorest of taste.

You certainly are not a family newspaper.

Is this the same paper that donates newspapers to classrooms to keep our children informed and up to date?

Nancy Owen , Bonita Springs

• For 40 years we have read and treasured our Daily News.

It is part of our daily lives.

Never have we been more disgusted than we were by that picture and story.

It was a disgrace.

Peter Thomas , Naples

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