I have never before been inspired to write a letter to our campus newspaper, but this past week’s issue included the single most retarded “Letter to the Editor” I have ever seen, entitled “Are Democrats really helping?” I am shocked that they actually printed this garbage. I just made me want to scream “CITE??” The original letter can be found HERE (on the newspaper’s website, not sure if it will still be up in a week or so). I honestly don’t understand what they thought printing this would accomplish. Here is the e-mail I sent to them.
I am writing in response to the letter to the editor that appeared in Jan. 29th’s Flashlight entitled “Are Democrats really helping?” I am confused and surprised that the Flashlight, from which I normally expect some higher standards, actually printed this letter. It appears to me to be an irrational, poorly written and unsubstantiated attack, generalizing an entire political group and accusing them of many things, with absolutely no evidence to back up its claims. It makes emotional appeals without citing any facts, only repeating, “The Democrats did this, and it’s bad, and they did it and they suck.” The letter makes various blatantly inflammatory and emotionally charged assertions, but provides not a single source of evidence that these are true. Statements like, “The Democrats passed a law to keep the poor people from trying anything on their own to better themselves.” What?! What law is this? Did I somehow miss the passing of the “Oppress the Poverty-Stricken” bill? “The Democrats are controlling the poor childrens’ lives by keeping them illiterate and in poverty…” These claims are patently ridiculous and unfounded, and frankly I’m very surprised and disappointed that The Flashlight would print such a misguided and confused letter. Imagine if the letter, instead of being about Democrats, had said “Jews,” or “White People.” Would you have printed it then? It is the same thing, attacking a group. Not a racial, ethnic, or religious group, but a group nonetheless, that deserves a little more respect than this unsubstantiated almost-libelous babble. I respect the author’s right to free speech and the paper’s right to print what it wants, but this is a little ridiculous. I fully invite the author of the letter to supply some facts to back up his wild claims. Until he does, I implore your readers to think twice before taking any of the letter’s assertions to heart. And I implore The Flashlight to think twice before again printing a letter such as that one.
I can only hope that they print my letter… I can’t imagine what they were thinking when they put that crap in the newspaper. Yes, the person has the right to express themselves and the newspaper has the right to publish it, but for the love of Pete, I’m sure they get plenty of Letters To The Editor that they DON’T publish, why this one? Did they just need to fill up space and there was a lack of letters this early in the semester? What where they thinking? Argh!
The lack of proper paragraphing in my response is due to the limits of the email program I used to send it and the newspaper’s apparent inability or disinclination to print indentations even if I did use them.