A publisher’s pondering

Policy on readers’ letters

Because opening its columns to letters from readers is one of the services the public rightly expects of its newspapers, The
Blount Countian
rarely culls any that deal with public, governmental matters.

However, in the future the newspaper will be more selective in ones submitted about Cleveland’s deplorable, yearlong controversy. Surely everything that can be written about it has been written, much more than once. And letters have become increasingly personal, approaching slander.

Letters printed will be no more than 250 words long and will deal with what appear to be facts not with persons’ character and personalities. Letters being held may be resubmitted.

The damage being done the town of Cleveland and its citizens by the turmoil there can hardly be measured. The newspaper laments the town’s plight and the real suffering so many worthy people are experiencing.

–mh