At the risk of shooting off one of my finite silver letter bullets, I felt compelled to respond to Gene Robke’s recent letter suggesting that some kind of quota system be incorporated into BNDs letters to the editor publishing process.
I’ve been keeping a running tally of BNDs printed letters since the New Year myself. I agree that the majority are written by the few. Not sure if that’s a bad thing or not. There are some one and done types printed too.
I personally fire off a letter pretty much every time the spirit moves me. They don’t all get printed, but I feel better after I get it off my chest and onto the editor’s.
Both Gene and I are limited in our writer analysis though. We neither know how many letters are received at the BND or how many don’t see the light of day in the pages of the BND.
One thing is clear, the editor has his hand tightly on the throttle. It’s his job to fill the Opinion page with just that. Ultimately, he’s the “journalistic zebra” and it’s his call as to what makes for good reading.
Not every letter piques my interest but I’ve come up with a tried and true methodology in those instances. I just move onto the next letter.
Maybe Gene could do the same.
Bill Malec, O’Fallon