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TNT: Letters should be more substantive

Letter by Justin Earick, Tacoma on July 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm | 18 Comments »
July 12, 2012 9:50 am

I’ve noticed that many letters to the editor I read in The News Tribune seem to be nothing more than regurgitated talking points lapped up from campaign strategists.

Now, I don’t expect to see editorial side notes or accuracy corrections to reader submissions printed in the opinion section. I would just appreciate more substantive and informed letters representing my community when I open up the local newspaper in the morning. I really don’t buy the notion that the majority of readers are nincompoops, but the editors sometime choose letters that would suggest as much.

I propose that if the policy is to continue printing partisan talking points, then at least share opposing letters with a reasonably equal level of hyperbole to parse.

I view the letters as an opportunity for readers like myself to share their views with other readers via the opinion section. I’ve humbly submitted letters on a variety of subjects: campaign finance, food stamps, super PACs, defense spending, energy policy, drones, biblical interpretation. Each subject took significant time to thoroughly research, and each letter was filled with actual sources with factual numbers, condensed down to 250 words or less, and was posted on thenewstribune.com.

I think the TNT shouldn’t be about printing provocative and hyperbolic letters just to drive up comments and clicks online. We readers are generally reasonable people. Please treat us as such by showing us an editorial department with integrity and reason.

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