After reading Dana Shino's "Practical Intuitive Tools" column, (Herald, May 10) I had my hands over my head all day, turning my psychic-centered receiving palms this way and that - like radar antennas - trying very hard to tune in the celebrations of joyous energy described in Shino's brilliant column. I wanted to be happy that the Herald published her column.
It didn't work, and I simultaneously felt ridiculous. I did find inspiration, however, to write another letter to the editor.
If the Herald's editors find it appropriate to publish Shino's column, the least they should do is some proper editing. If Shino is going to use big words, the Herald should make certain that the words she uses are appropriate - as her column does reflect on your newspaper, whether you admit not. Shino informs her readers that "information flows from the ephemeral realms into this realm, usually from a spirit guide, an angel or more." The definition of "ephemeral" from any valid source is: in a moment, lasting only one day, lasting a very short time, transient. The word that more appropriately fits Shino's sentence, and surly the word she means to use, is "ethereal," the definition of which is: relating to regions beyond the earth, celestial, heavenly, unworldly, spiritual.
Why, again, is the Herald publishing Shino's nonsense? It would be far more appropriate for a newspaper to publish a column on critical thinking, reasonable logic and physical evidence. That, at least, might keep some from spending their hard-earned money on "psychic readings" (Shino's very questionable business - for which she receives approximately $360 worth of free advertising by the Herald's publication of her column).
I have withdrawn my (paid) advertising from the Herald's pages until your editors see that publishing Shino's column is an error. I encourage other paying and like-minded advertisers to do the same.
The Herald should dismiss Shino's nonsense, discontinue her column and investigate ethereal claims from evidence-based and reasonably logical positions. A respectable news journal would do no less.
Michael Stith, Durango