Empire should follow its own column policy

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I am a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School. I read Thursday's My Turn column by Douglas Grimm, a obtuse and slanderous rant against gays everywhere. I am, however, not angry at Grimm. Far from it, actually.

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He has the right to be as factually incorrect as he would like. I am angry at the Juneau Empire. I am angry that such an ignorant and intolerant person would be given a soapbox for his hateful screed. In the column on the bottom left corner of this page is the Empire's letter policy. I ask anyone who is reading this letter to please kindly turn your attention to the second paragraph of the policy. "The Empire will edit submissions for length, clarity, grammar, and libelous content."

Libelous content. Webster's defines libelous as "harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign." I challenge the editor of this newspaper and its readers to reread Grimm's article and make the judgment for themselves as to whether this sort of material is appropriate for print based on the Empire's own policy. I am disgusted that the Empire would sink this low to sell a few papers, and I, for one, will not buy it.

Tyler Preston


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