Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The Letters Editor and the Reader: Our Compact, Updated

May 23, 2004 FROM THE LETTERS EDITOR The Letters Editor and the Reader: Our Compact, Updated By THOMAS FEYER ast September, as letters editor of The Times, I used some of this space for an essay called “To the Reader,” introducing myself and outlining the mission and the mechanics of the letters page. It seemed to strike a chord, and scores of readers wrote back. Many were pleased to learn that the anonymous editor had a name. Some were grateful for the advice; others were amused, acerbic, occasionally even dyspeptic. I had my 15 minutes of fame: a flurry of dissection on the Internet; an interview on TV that lasted, well, about 15 minutes. We printed two letters in response — pro and con, naturally. But readers, new and old, send in questions (and even complaints!) about the letters page […]

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