When I checked my mail slot this morning, I found two envelopes that were hand-addressed. One was addressed to me by name and was marked “Personal.” As you might expect, that one was about the top headline in last week’s paper.
“You have cheapened your paper to the likes of grocery store tawdry trash papers,” it says, among other things. “I don’t know the Steele family, so I have no ‘dog in the hunt’ so to speak. This is about you.”
The writer underlined that last word before accusing me of writing “Suicide Follows Botched Killing” in an attempt to sell more papers. As I’ve said in the comments on another post, that was not my motivation. I was merely trying to write an accurate headline, and “botched” was a poor choice.
So, then I got to the envelope addressed to “Letters to the Editor.” I took a deep breath and prepared myself for more questioning of my morals and character. Instead, I found this:
I would like to see tetherball at our local HP parks. I know the city is interested in promoting outdoor play. Tetherball is fun and somewhat unique.
The city already maintains tennis and basketball courts. Tetherball would be easy. Also — tetherball does not take up much room.
Now there’s an issue on which we can all agree.