Don’t demonize Hoffman


Christine Flowers’ Feb. 10 Other Views column, castigating a dead man for being selfish, is nothing more than an attempt by her to gain notoriety at the expense of others.

Her attempt to demonize Philip Seymour Hoffman by implying that he selfishly chose to be an addict and, therefore, is unworthy of sympathy is an undeserved slap in the face to those who loved and tried to help him and those who are trying to deal with their own demons.

Her statement that Hoffman “had kicked an addiction two decades before” shows her use of her beliefs in lieu of facts and that an addict can never let his or her guard down. One is always a recovering addict, not a former addict.

Flowers’ mention of her father’s attempts to fight lung cancer, after developing it as a result of his own addiction to smoking, is hardly an argument in support of her position.

Her column is simply a mean-spirited attempt to create controversy from the misfortunes of others, which is, of course, incredibly selfish.

Leonard Fenn, Coral Gables

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