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Column feedback proves readers’ attention


Dear Editor,

C.K. Chesterton wrote "If a newspaper editor had the courage, he could let his readers write the paper."

Catherine, I don't think you're ready to do that, but recently the Times did shake up the readership.

Both Catherine and Tom drew sharp criticism for Tom's column in the August 27 issue. Does a paper want that? A newspaper wants feedback. Some papers live or die on their editorial pages. But at least they know people are reading and paying attention.

I know personally both Catherine and Tom, and expect the highest quality work. I am not prone to criticize for its own sake. As editor and staff writer, they carry a target on their back. If either strays or ventures into hot button issues like politics, that target gets pretty big.

So Tom, when you play "Barack Hussein Obama' as a victim, come on, be real. His "fresh ideas" are warmed-over New Deal and '60s liberal rhetoric. I know, Tom, that you're not going to crawl in a hole for the next six months and lick your wounds. Enough said.

Liberal thinking doesn't fly well in a conservative area. I could have said "blue" and "red," but in my generation "blue" meant patriotic and "red" meant communist. "Better dead than red" was a common phrase. But how that got switched, well, that's for another time.

And Joe Tribula, if you believe President Bush planned 9/11, I've got for sale some ocean front property in Arizona...

David Naeyaert, Allenton
September 10, 2008

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