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TGIF Wild Card — 12/1/06

I heard the Elephants at the Pachyderm Club this morning were unhappy (aren’t they always) that the SR doesn’t allow long letters to the editor, like the Coeur d’Alene Press does. Indeed, we limit letters to the editor to 200 words. Why? We probably run more letters to the editor than any paper our size or bigger in the U.S. And we still can’t keep up with the volumne. Second reason? Long letters are (come closer, now … ready?) generally B-O-R-I-N-G. We recently got poked on Brand X’s letter page by some guy from Post Falls who complained the SR wouldn’t run his. And, therefore, he pledged his troth to Brand X over that nasty, out-of-state newspaper. He didn’t mention that his letter was 75 words too long to meet our standards. My opinion? Everyone should be able to say what they want in 150 words. Now, that that’s off my chest, I’ll play your Wild Card …

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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