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Question about letters to the editor

Post by Cheryl Tucker on May 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
May 10, 2010 4:29 pm

A reader had a question pertaining to our new way of handling letters to the editor. Why, she wondered, was the publication date of a letter on the online blog different than the day it was published in the print edition?

The reason is that letters that are approved for publication in the print edition also go immediately to the blog. But they might not get into the paper for a day or two — or even longer, depending on space. The letter she was asking about went online May 4 but didn’t make it into print until two days later.

Many letters now go directly to the blog only, and a few still are rejected. Reasons for rejection of recent letters include that they’re not printable even with “light editing,” we’ve determined that they’re taken almost verbatim from some special interest website, they include very outrageous claims that we’re uncomfortable passing along or they’re really more appropriate going somewhere else (Applause, the Reader Representative, etc.).

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