I enjoy reading the letters to the editor. I usually wish there was room in the paper to publish more. While I may not always agree with a writer’s opinion, I am often impressed by people’s knowledge, thoughtfulness and analysis. Many letters are thought-provoking and I have on occasion changed my mind on this or that because of the persuasive arguments in a letter.
But, because of space limitations, there is one type of letter I wish The News Tribune would stop publishing in the paper (not online) and that is those whose sole purpose is to campaign for a favorite candidate.
How do I say this nicely? Why in the world would I cast my vote for a candidate based on the urging of someone I don’t even know? I don’t know if the writer is a thoughtful, intelligent, well-informed, honest person or some whack-job who should be in intensive therapy.
I can only vote for candidates in my district/town/county. So you want me to vote for your favorite person running for city council in University Place? School board in Puyallup? Sorry. Can’t do it.
To all those who are tempted to write these letters, try this: Donate to the person’s campaign, put up a yard sign and go door-to-door, but please resist the temptation to write.