Letters to the Editor

Spending time counting words

Regarding Al Williams’ four published letters to the editor in the last three months shows how prejudiced Mr. Larsen and this paper are. The word count designed in the paper very clearly states “letters should not exceed 250 words.” I suspect the word total allows the editor to have discretion with some people they politically agree with. The word count in some of Williams’ letters has often exceeded the written regulations that others comply with.

One letter was around 444 words on Sept. 28 and approximately 368 words on Nov. 12. Williams also published two different opinions Nov. 12 by ending one letter with “Barbara & Al Williams” and the other just Al Williams. Opposing opinions to lengthy letters involve about four people who obey your word rule and have opposite views. Mr. Larsen also allows about five political left viewpoints to one non-progressive right view. I fund my News-Times paper two years in advance however; I fail to get the same arrangement. My letter is whittled down or sometimes not published. This paper appears biased and I would like Mr. Larsen to explain why he allows Williams and others to write such lengthy letters and double published entries. Failing to publish contradictory letters and keeping it at 250 words is oppressing.

I ask this paper to be more transparent and have different viewpoints than letters that lean left or support progressivism. There are only about four  people in a silent minority that write non-progressive leaning right letters in a very blue state.

William Ludlow

Oak Harbor


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