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DeGroot's Open Letter To Citizen Zell

Today, erstwhile Pulp correspondent John DeGroot is appealing directly to Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell for more trenchant and interesting coverage in the Sun-Sentinel. In so doing, he breaks news on the rising rates of out-of-wedlock births and abortions in South Florida and the rest of the state. Specifically, he reports that those two categories now account for more than half of all pregnancies.

And we learn that DeGroot believes Zell is a "really cool motherfucker."

Enjoy:

Dear Sam Zell:

By now, you’ve probably read enough of your diverse newspapers to discover that some are being run by editors and writers who have trouble understanding the difference between what is interesting and what is not.

Why?

My theory is that most of these well-meaning souls are the bland by-product of a the newspaper industry’s corporate culture which rewards Good Doobies for ALWAYS coloring inside the lines and playing well with others.

In other words, they have serious trouble thinking for themselves – which leaves them creatively challenged.

I shit you not.

For example, last year – as an experiment -- I emailed a diverse collection of data to a key editor at the Sun-Sentinel. Basically, I was curious to see how she would react to some of the numbers which (a) I found interesting as hell and (b) could be easily sourced.

So what happened? Nada.

Here’s an example of some of the data I gathered an which the Sun-Sentinel found less than interesting:

Basically, what the data suggest is:

Abortion is a major growth industry in Florida.

Well over half of Florida’s expectant mother’s are opting to either have their babies out of wedlock or terminate their pregnancy with an abortion.

There were 332,752 pregnancies reported by Florida’s Department of Health, in 2006. Of these:

- 29% of the pregnancies were aborted (95,586). - 32% of the babies were born to an unwed mother (105,770). - 39% were born to married parents (131,396).

In other words, yesterday’s traditional family isn’t anymore. Nor is the idea “family values” – which has become a political cliché on the campaign trail.

Anyhow, Sam, in classic Zellspeak, I think most people would find this shit is really fucking interesting (Unlike the Sentinel editor).

Oh yes.

You can expect more interesting shit from me via the Pulp because (as one nasty old fart to another) I think you’re a really cool motherfucker.

But for now, the following are the numbers I emailed to the Sun-Sentinel after gathering them from the State Health Department web site:

(See stats after the jump)

FLORIDA

Total Pregnancies: 2000 – 292,593 2006 - 332,752 % increase – 13.7%

Births 2000 – 204,030 2006 – 237,166 % increase – 16.3%

Wedded Births 2000 – 125,004 2006 - 131,396 % increase – 4.3%

Unwed Births 2000 – 78,026 2006 – 105,770 % increase – 35.6%

Abortions 2000 – 88,563 2006 – 95,586 % increase – 7.9%

BROWARD Total Pregnancies: 2000 – 35,279 2006 – 38,899 % increase – 10.3%

Births 2000 – 22,089 2006 – 23,434 % increase – 6.1%

Wedded Births 2000 – 14,494 2006 – 13,941 % increase – (3.8%)

Unwed Births 2000 – 7,595 2006 – 9,493 % increase – 24.9%

Abortions 2000 – 13,190 2006 – 15,465 % increase – 17.2%

MIAMI-DADE Total Pregnancies: 2000 – 55,361 2006 – 58,184 % increase – 5.1%

Births 2000 – 32,300 2006 – 33,739 % increase – 4.4%

Wedded Births 2000 – 18,575 2006 – 17,850 % increase – (3.9%)

Unwed Births 2000 – 13,725 2006 – 15,889 % increase – 15.8%

Abortions 2000 – 23,061 2006 – 24,445 % increase – 6.0%

PALM BEACH Total Pregnancies: 2000 – 19,589 2006 – 21,874 % increase – 11.7%

Births 2000 – 13,321 2006 – 15,702 % increase – 17.9%

Wedded Births 2000 – 8,540 2006 – 8,972 % increase – 5.1%

Unwed Births 2000 – 4,781 2006 – 6,730 % increase – 40.8%

Abortions 2000 – 6,268 2006 – 6,172 % increase – (1.5%)


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