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Letter: Paid endorsement letters are in the wrong place

Posted: November 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

In response to Richard Myers’ letter of Nov. 11, I agree that the Letters to the Editor section is not the correct place for “paid” political endorsements. My letter from Nov. 2 was mentioned as an example, being dubbed a “paid candidate endorsement” letter.

When I was called for payment, I was a bit surprised, but figured since I took the time to write it, it was worth the $26.10 to publish it (261 words at 10 cents a word).

Paid endorsements should not appear in the Letters to the Editor section. If you feel you must charge for these letters, I would suggest creating a separate section for them.

There is clearly a need to free expression and The Signal should continue to be a part of this process.

In the SCV, Facebook pages have been created, including a “Letters to the Editor” page with a small group of about 500 members.

They have a free forum to rant about issues. There isn’t really an “editor,” just someone who started the page.

Various blogs have sprouted up as news outlets, although it appears these sources do not have the same accountability as traditional media.

While I have been critical of The Signal in the past, you play an important role in our community. I realize you do the best you can with the resources available.

These are challenging economic times for all businesses ... especially print media.

The $50 a year cost to subscribe is worthwhile and I encourage folks to take advantage of the local news you deliver. We need our local paper and should support it.




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