As a longtime reader (15 years), I applaud your new policy of rejecting letters that use “name-calling” etc. and inappropriate language in your letters column.
I have written many letters expressing my opinion, and most of them have been published.
I am tired and frankly sickened by the constant name-calling of our president, “Marxist, communist, Muslim, (not that Muslim is a bad word, but it is patently not true), Hitler, etc. I don’t believe those terms and others should be used against anyone.
Everyone has the right to express their opinion and that is one of the principles that makes this country great. But let’s criticize on a higher level without gutter language or name-calling.
Since we live in what is called the most water-rich part of the state, should the restrictive xeriscaping laws be abolished? What are the pros and cons of 5,000 more students at GCC?
Maybe letters to the editor should be solicited three weeks in advance —- “On June 15 we will be publishing letters on some specific issue”
Always err on the side of too little censorship! Maybe everyone should be limited to three letters per month.
Parenthetically, Mr. Aleshire, I believe you yourself could use a good editor. Your stories go on far, far too long for anyone but your most diehard fans to read to the end, especially in a small town NEWSpaper. And how many words were in your editorial requesting suggestions for letters to the editor? I bet it was close to 450. In my humble opinion, it could have been cut to around 300. Too, please quit reminding the readership what a sensitive guy you are — I’ve seen this at least two or three times in the eight months I’ve been a subscriber; it’s really quite pointless, isn’t it?
Editor’s note: Ouch.