The Stench of Vitriol
By Sandy Powers
September 05, 2008
What happened to good editorial judgment as to appropriate content
in opinion letters to be published? David Hangar's letter clearly
violates Sitnews' own standards of propriety and decency stated
under Basic Rules and Spirit of Viewpoints .
While I enjoy reading varied viewpoints and spirited debates
on local issues, rambling, nonsensical vitriol such as David
Hangar's letter has absolutely no place in print. Freedom of
speech does not include giving hate speech a platform from which
to spew personal insults and character defamation.
Do not publish irrational rants by bigoted authors who seem to
have several screws loose. In fact, vitriol aside, this letter
is so poorly written, I can't even tell exactly what it is he
is so gut-busting angry about. Everything and everyone in any
political capacity from the Borough on up? Since he feels so
strongly, is he making any contributions toward positive change,
or merely advocating anarchy? It's hard to tell. Of course,
a letter like this only reflects badly on the writer, not on
the individuals he attacks, whether or not they are legitimately
at fault for anything. It certainly doesn't deserve a platform,
and it is offensive to the reader to be subjected to such derogatory
I feel Sitnews owes the maligned persons an apology for printing
this ridiculous letter. Please exercise some better censorship
in the future.
About: " 33-year resident
of Ketchikan who believes that a positive attitude can best bring
about positive change."
Received September 03, 2008
- Published September 05, 2008
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