So, I get my first letter to the editor published in over a year today. The first published, because it's the first one I've sent in since starting this blog. I got to thinking, after I did the post about my blog anniversary, how this was supposed to help me get more proficient in writing letters to the editor.
After making some comments regarding the Paul Gallegos campaign, I realized I could use one of those posts for a letter. I cut out some of the words and sent this one in. Not as readable to me in hard copy as it seemed when I sent it in. Oh well. My point has been made.
Why the Eureka Reporter? No particular reason except I get the impression the E/R gets letters published quicker. I suspect that's because they probably don't receive as many as the Times- Standard, although I don't know that for sure.
It used to be that I'd send the letters to all local papers, assuming the subject was something that would be relevant to all the different readers. Someone told me, though, that recently they were really grilled about whether their letter had been sent to any other papers.
I know the San Francisco Chronicle is the only one that ever asked me if I'd had the letter in question published in any other paper. But, I figured maybe the papers are getting touchy about publishing stuff other papers have already published so decided to send it to one paper, just in case.
The Eureka Reporter just left a message on my answering machine asking me to confirm if I did, in fact, send them the letter, and that was that.
Interestingly, the letter right after mine was another one about Gallegos. This one accusing him of being soft on crime- Specifically: marijuana related offenses. Well, so what? I couldn't care less if he's not cramming the jails full of pot smokers.
I suspect that's part of the reason law enforcement seems pretty much in the Worthman camp. I can't help but wonder, though, if this soft on crime charge, by some in the law enforcement community, is akin to the outlandish claims by the Gallegos groupies that crime is at it's lowest rate in however many years because of Gallegos.
No way to say for sure how true that is. The only thing that is for sure is that this is just more of the usual politics we see in any heated campaign.