To all kooks, cranks and cultists like me (Letters, Herald, Aug. 20):
Look, folks, dont blame the Herald for the letters it prints. It publishes what it receives. It does have rules for length and language, but those are sensible.
It is a newspaper and is expected to print the news, even if it needs to print also the names of people who might wish their names not be published.
Have you noticed how often the paper tries to follow the suggestions we offer?
When readers objected to its printing so much bad news, the Herald moved much of the distressing pieces to the back page. But these awful events did occur; they are news. A newspaper is obligated to report them.
When someone praised the photographs, the front-page photo was made larger and more colorful than ever, and more local news was on the front page. My doctor son from Maryland said the Herald was the finest local paper he had ever read.
So much is condensed on the front page for a busy person to see at a glance, he marveled.
The memorial issues for Morley Ballantine and for Thomas Grams were excellent. The Herald staff had done much careful work on those issues. We readers appreciated knowing all those details.
When a subscriber in irritation cancels a subscription, that is a blow to the paper. When a subscriber is pressed financially and discontinues the paper, that is another blow, for the paper depends on us subscribers. The Herald has not complained, but it, too, is having to pinch.
Have we noticed how deftly the paper has been downsizing, working to keep within a tight budget? That means the Herald has been feeling the economic stress
So all of us kooks, cranks and cultists, lets please be patient with the newspaper and turn our eyes inward and examine our own irritating and irritable spots before we criticise.
What is one persons kook may be another persons hero, and vice versa and both may be news, or at least deserving of place on the Opinion page!
Louise Ireland-Frey, Durango