I would like to add some comments to Jerry Dove’s excellent letter of Sept. 10 titled “A Cornucopia of Silliness.” I have written and had published 42 letters to the editor in the past 17 years, so I feel qualified to write about the demise of the most important section of the paper.
1. The number of letters published on weekdays has declined to one or two from five or six previously. There are a few more on Sunday, but we used to have eight or 10. I think the majority of your readers would prefer reading about what local people think about local, state and national issues rather than a column from a flaming liberal in Snakes Navel, Idaho, denouncing President Trump.
2. There has been a decided change to publishing letters from the political left than from conservatives. Does your new editor know this area votes 74 percent to 76 percent Republican in each election? I realize how difficult it is in his profession to be conservative or even independent, but tell him he’ll gain a ton of support if he joins the right!
3. You should print some letters and columns from the left, but please find some that are factual, well written and enumerate what the Democratic Party stands for, what specific legislation or policies they endorse and why. In other words, good journalism.
These will be hard to find. Almost all columns, telecasts and social media speak from the left are negative, blaming Trump and Republicans for just about anything you can think of. I saw one yesterday that blamed Trump for global warming! And in Congress, the Democratic platform is to oppose anything the administration or Republicans propose. The petty, disgraceful interrogation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh is a perfect and common example. So, good luck on your search.
I look forward to a much improved Opinion page.
Bill Christiansen, Destin
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