Balance, not silence.
A moratorium would not be appropriate m terms of journalistic ethics. So long as the editorial judgment is that it is news and worthy of coverage elsewhere in the paper, that coverage should include letters to the editor. If the Journal is going to cover the story, then the views expressed in the letters to the editor--the good, the bad, and the ugly (and I wish there were more of the first kind!)--are part of the story. A newspaper is about balance, not silence!
While you want to maintain fairness and balance, no newspaper is obliged to print every letter it receives. Perhaps the policy going forward should be that you will print letters that have something new or different to say, either in terms of argument or in terms of personal experience or feelings about the issue.
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|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2007|
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