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Fri, Oct. 12th, 2007, 01:50 pm
christtrekker: *sigh*

So I write a letter to the editor in response to a columnist that was promoting the unite-behind-my-candidate-so-the-Evil-Other-Side-doesn't-win view. My intro was along the lines of the immorality of persuading others to be dishonest with their votes—it's one thing to promote a candidate on his merits, another to sow fear and dread as a mean to an end.

Of course, this was a segue into mentioning voting reform, and how the columnist really ought to educate herself regarding other options, outside-the-box thinking. Rather than being locked in to "trying to win the only way I know", instead try to recognize the inherent deficiencies and work toward a better (moral) way.

All in all, I thought it was a very nicely crafted little letter, especially since "morals" is a major point with this columnist. Too bad the editor completely butchered it by basically truncating the entire end, so that the result sounded like someone just unhappy with the columnist's choice of candidate.

Sun, Oct. 14th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)

What was the word count? I've heard that letters to the editor ought to be about 150 words, which doesn't sound like enough to cover more than one topic.

Sorry they butchered it, but congrats on getting it published anyway.

Mon, Oct. 22nd, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I know it was rather lengthy...but it's nigh impossible to say anything worth saying in such a short letter. I'm not into the printed equivalent of a sound bite.

However, they do print one letter a week in its entirety as a sort of "guest editorial" so there's always hope for those of us that write essays.