I am disturbed by the editor allowing personal attacks on people who have expressed their opinions in this paper. This is not Facebook or any other social media platform where this kind of behavior is tolerated and even encouraged.

People should feel free to express their opinions without fear of personal reprisal. If someone has a differing opinion, they can write to the editor without naming the author they disagree with.

In the guidelines for letters to the editor it states in plain English "We ask writers to avoid personal attacks, gratuitous insults and personal gripes."

If the editor can't even enforce his/her own guidelines, why would anyone want to submit an opinion?

If there aren't many letters to the editor, it may be because people don't want to be attacked for having an opinion that someone else disagrees with. To fill space the paper could bring back some of the content that has been done away with (Find the Differences was good family fun) or publish another rambling misinformed essay from those Writers on the Range folks.

Tom Wynne

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