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The Slice is nice

A recent correspondent criticized Paul Turner and The Slice as worthless, and poorly written. That assessment is totally inaccurate.

The Slice links its readers personally to The Spokesman-Review, helping to tie the newspaper to its constituency. For example, over time, Turner’s questions elicit responses from across the social, political, economic, vocational, and generational spectra. The column provides a needed respite from news articles, etc.

Further, The Slice reminds us that gentleness, humor, tolerance and civility should be key elements in our lives. It speaks to such serious issues as those elements that humans have in common, which should unite us, and those traits in which we differ that unnecessarily often separate us. The Slice allows adults to reminisce about their pasts, look toward the future, and enjoy today. And it demonstrates that children are also human beings who can also participate (and get the thrill of seeing their names or comments in print).

Finally, as a retired professor of English, I can attest that Paul Turner’s prose style is immaculate. He matches his style to his content, and communicates to his audience very effectively. The Slice is nice. Please keep it!

William E. Mahaney



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