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Richard Myers: Section no place for paid endorsement letters

Posted: November 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

I would like to take issue with what you have been doing to the Letters to the Editor section of your paper lately.

For example, on Nov. 2 that section had a letter from Jeff Solomon. It was, as was clearly announced up front, a paid candidate endorsement letter.

I am not taking a stand for or against anything in Mr. Solomon’s letter. What concerns me is where it appears.

This is not, I repeat, not a letter to the editor; it is a paid advertisement and belongs somewhere else on your pages.

As a long-time reader, and sometimes a contributor, I object to the commercialization of The Signal’s Opinion section.

To your credit, it was clearly announced as a paid endorsement letter. Nevertheless, it doesn’t belong in the Letters to the Editor section.

If Wal-mart wanted to promote a particular item, would you accept a piece from them and put it in this section?

Of course not. A political piece is no different.

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