Speeding up commentary

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May I suggest to the editor that instead of printing all the repetitive letters to the editor, he just publishes the title, same again and the writer’s name.

For example:

1. Global warming — same again, Bob.

2. Euthanasia should remain illegal — ditto, Ken.

3. ECT/Eastland Group overcharge for power — repeat, Winston.

4. Euthanasia should be legal — same again, Martin.

5. Two town buses arrive at the same destination at the same time — ditto, Graham.

This would save us reading the same letters every fortnight, would still satisfy the writer’s ego — seeing his name in the paper — and would free up the page for more interesting subjects.

Graham Gibson

May I suggest to the editor that instead of printing all the repetitive letters to the editor, he just publishes the title, same again and the writer’s name.

For example:

1. Global warming — same again, Bob.

2. Euthanasia should remain illegal — ditto, Ken.

3. ECT/Eastland Group overcharge for power — repeat, Winston.

4. Euthanasia should be legal — same again, Martin.

5. Two town buses arrive at the same destination at the same time — ditto, Graham.

This would save us reading the same letters every fortnight, would still satisfy the writer’s ego — seeing his name in the paper — and would free up the page for more interesting subjects.

Graham Gibson

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Fair's Fair - 5 months ago
Hopefully no one will have immunity from this, Graham.

Save the Ink - 5 months ago
And a special mention for Clive. A small degree of variety thoroughly swamped by volume.

Clive Bibby - 5 months ago
Good idea! I've been thinking of giving it up anyway. I'm spending too much time replying to the insults.
You should have a go at being a regular social commentator.
You'll soon find out that it has nothing to do with personal ego. In fact, you need a fair amount of stamina in order to provide the variety that stimulates discussion about subjects which should concern us all. I try to do that with every contribution.
If you think that some writers continually focus on one theme or appear in print too often, then the best way to limit their exposure is to compete for their column space with pearls of wisdom of your own.
I'm sure the editor would welcome a surge in numbers of folk with those abilities.
It would certainly make his job more enjoyable, although he has an obligation to try to publish all correspondence providing it isn't defamatory - so you might find yourself at the back of the queue.
Jeremy tries more than most to be impartial in the material he accepts, and I think he does a pretty good job on that one; certainly better than most other editors of our major news outlets, who are much more selective in what they allow to be printed.

Bob Hughes - 5 months ago
Thank you Clive

winston moreton - 5 months ago
Clive, spot on as always. Graham Gibson is a regular contributor too - though a bit tongue-in-cheek sometimes
http://gisborneherald.co.nz/opinion/3124008-135/link-a-logyard-at-sponge-bay

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