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More than surprised by letter printed

By Staff | Jun 30, 2020

To the editor:

I was more than a little surprised that the Island Reporter chose to print a letter in the June 24, 2020, issue from a writer who stated that “anyone not wearing a mask outside their home doesn’t care about other people’s lives” and called them “killers.” At least we know who he is and can steer clear of him.

I don’t usually write letters to newspapers, but this is a bridge too far. The writer is certainly entitled to his opinion, but I am troubled that an editorial board would agree with its publication.

Was there nothing else of merit to print? Were there no “opinions” less inflammatory? Something less biased?

The publication of both the letter and the cartoon above it without any opposing viewpoints sadly shows a clear bias on the part of the Island Reporter.

I always believed newspapers should strive for impartiality. I am still hopeful.

Susan Wener

Sanibel