Sudbury letter: It took courage to speak out

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I would like to congratulate Dave Dale on one of the finest examples of investigative journalism to be found.

His story on the harassment of Travis Alkins (‘North Bay-area man among 150 Internet harassment victims in ground-breaking court case’ March 4) is a textbook case in trying to right a wrong by digging deep into the facts and following up all the leads that surface. He did an outstanding job of exposing what can happen with a free and uncensored internet.

My heart goes out to the Alkins family, as well, for what they have had to experience. But, more to the point, I respect their courage in allowing Dave into their lives and trusting that he would do the right thing in exposing the fraud. It is no easy decision to allow your name to be plastered on the front page, so I applaud that because their story is so important to the hidden dangers of online messaging.

As for Dave, I hope his article is submitted for a national newspaper award.

John F Parsons

Sturgeon Falls

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