The latest letter-writing campaigns flooding the letters to the editor e-mail are from supporters of economic sanctions against Sudan and those backing the Matthew Shepard Act, congressional legislation that would expand the definition of hate crimes to include those targeting people because of gender, sexual identity or disability.
Unfortunately, we might not run any of them. They’re "turf," letters usually written by an organization and picked up by supporters across the country to send to their local newspapers.
Oh, sometimes the writer tacks on an original sentence or two to give the illusion that the letter is original. But too many of the paragraphs are identical. And we only run original letters (although every now and then one slips by).
Here’s the part of the letters that is pretty much constant: