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That’s often because the news reflects life itself, a complicated journey in which black and white moral certitude is more often muddied by many shades of grey.

So it was this week, with the “happy ending” to the Star’s story about Toronto violinist Jim Wallenberg, who lost his prized $77,000 violin last weekend when he left it at a downtown streetcar shelter. On Wednesday, Wallenberg got his violin back and Wayne Wulff, collected a $1,000 reward for returning the burberry outlet instrument. At last report, Wulff was planning a trip to Vegas with his windfall.

And, as for that reportedly, “loud woman with a shopping cart, filled with bottles, bags and licence plates” who apparently found the violin, and to whom Wulff paid $35 and a silver ring to induce her to turn the violin over to him, well, that’s where this story and its reporting becomes more complex. As reader Jennifer Coolbear so aptly put it in a letter to the editor: “So the story of the lost violin becomes the story of a lost soul.”

Indeed, many Star readers were outraged by the outcome of this story in which a faceless, nameless woman, described in the Star’s stories as a “bag lady” lost out on the opportunity to collect a share of Wallenberg’s generous reward. Many readers expressed the view that this woman was robbed of her just reward. Some readers, as well as several Star journalists, delved into the moral implications of the reporting of this story, questioning whether this anonymous woman was also robbed of her human dignity in being labelled as a “bag lady” in the Toronto Star.

“I thought it was an odd phrase to read in the Star. I think it’s derogatory and unsympathetic,” said Mike Zimmerman, 50, a reader for nearly 40 years.

Some Star journalists think the “bag lady” label does not belong in a newspaper that has long led campaigns to make life better for the underprivileged in our community, most recently with its outstanding War on Poverty series, nominated last month for a National Newspaper Award.

As reporter Andrea Gordon put it so eloquently, “I find it troubling that after launching a well publicized war burberry outlet on poverty and trying to lead the way on social is burberry outlet sues and compassion, the Star would resort to using bag lady’ to refer to a person that no one really knows anything about, and someone who may or may not have mental health issues but deserves respect as a human being.

“Our use of language and phrases like this is important and we should be leading the way in getting rid of these characterizations.”

I told her I share her discomfort in seeing this anonymous woman labelled as a bag lady. Several others expressed the same view. One senior editor tells me he regrets not forcefully voicing his discomfort following the first day’s story.

The two reporters who worked on this story made great efforts to report fairly and not let any personal views of Wulff’s actions bias their articles. And, given that the dictionary defines bag lady as, “a homeless woman who carries her possessions around in a shopping bag”, they felt it was an apt characterization. “She was described as pushing a cart with shopping bags hanging off the handles and fastened to the side,” said Sarah Boesveld. “If there is discomfort with the term, it may be because society allows such a thing to happen, not with the description itself.”

That’s a good point, but still, I think the Star must hold itself to a higher standard here. “Bag lady” is, to me, an inhumane, sexist label that burberry outlet provides facile images, but doesn’t begin to capture the complexity of this anonymous woman, nor the many who share her plight. I fear it allows us to dismiss her in much the same way many avert their eyes as they walk by the people living on our streets.

Every person’s story is unique and despite great efforts, the Star has not yet found this woman. If, and when we do, I still don’t expect a happy ending here, but I do hope we will then see the human being beyond the easy label.

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‘Bag Lady’ Enters National Spotlight

UNION, Ill., Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswir burberry outlet e/ What began as a small startup company in a dairy barn in northern Illinois has today become a multi million dollar corporation with more than 800 employees worldwide. and 12:00 midnight.

The story of Maribeth Sandford is a truly inspirational American woman success story. As a single mom in 1980, and looking for a way to support herself and her children, Sandford decided to use her experience in graphic arts to begin printing logos on shopping bags. She borrowed $10,000 from her father to buy a printing press and set up sho burberry outlet p in a dairy barn. Her focus was on printing small quantities of bags to suit her customer’s needs. Selling bags by day and printing them by night, slowly her business began to burberry outlet grow.

Now a grandmother, Sandford runs a company that has topped $40 million in sales two years in a row and Bag Makers is becoming a family affair. The company has long named different bag styles after family members and featured her children and grandchildren on its catalog covers. Now her two children are helping to run the company too, together with 11 other family members.

“You start off very economically in a barn, and work after the kids go to school,” says Maribeth Sandford, CEO of Bag Makers, of her early days. “It’s the all American story. A woman starts a company in a barn and look where we are today. We’re the nation’s leader in what we do, kind of cool,” says Bag Makers’ President Chuck Sandford.

Bag Makers, Inc. is a leading supplier of non woven, p burberry outlet aper and plastic bags to the promotional products industry. Established in 1980, the company imprints more than 80 million bags each year to the corporate marketplace through a national network of promotional marketing companies. Using this global supply chain, Bag Makers also provides custom design and manufacturing services to its clientele.

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‘Bag Lady Papers’

Former Self Magazine editor Alexandra Penney invested with Bernard Madoff money she had been saving since she was sixteen. When Madoff was arrested in one of the world’s largest ponzi schemes, Penney lost everything.

In her book “The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing It All,” Penney recounts the horror she felt when her live savings slipped away and her struggle to pull out of the dive.

Something terrible has happened but I can’t remember what it is. I stumble out of bed, turn on the TV, step into the shower and stay there for almost half an hour with hot water streaming over me, hoping the negative ions will help lessen the head to toe burberry outlet panic.

I am paralyzed by the early morning news bulletins. More terrifying thoughts assault me, horrid visions of state run institutions for sick old people where sloe eyed attendants drug you and strap you to wheelchairs.

Paul has left a note on my mirror that he had to leave for home and to call him right away if I need anything. He’ll check in with me later. I open the front door and the New York Times, as usual, is right there. I can only bear to gl burberry outlet ance at the headlines.

I’m close to nauseous with an burberry outlet xiety but once again, I must do something. I can’t sit here alone. Then an idea hits me: I will go to the MF’s offices. They are just two blocks away.

I dress as I would for any other day of working in the studio jeans, freshly ironed white shirt (more about my numerous white shirts later), Hermes Kelly bag (purchased when I was an editor at Conde Nast how much can I g burberry outlet et for it on Ebay, I wonder?), goosedown jacket with the fur collar and small gold earrings from my mother. Dressing carefully in my normal clothes puts a bit of consoling distance between me and my bag lady fears.

I approach the lobby guard and say, “We are Madoff clients and we need to go up to his office please.” Part of me knows this will never happen, but part of me thinks that as of yesterday, anything can happen.

When people hear me politely but firmly asking to be let upstairs, they all chime in. The blonde sable woman says to me, “You’ve got the right attitude. Let’s get up there! I’ve lost everything, everything.”