Post by J. J. Lodder Post by Cheryl Post by J. J. Lodder Post by Cheryl
I don't agree with you that a secular newspaper should avoid religious
imagery. I think they should (and probably do) publish whatever imagery
they think most of their readers want to see, just as secular art
galleries display religious imagery ranging from the inspiring to the
A good newspaper should protect writers against themselves,
and their public against the outpourings of nutters.
When an author (like Johnny Hart) becomes a reli-nutter
redactional policy should be to drop him as a contributor.
But maybe I am expecting too much,
I hope so. My expectations of newspapers, should I ever read one again
(as opposed to their online sites), wouldn't include their ability to
protect either me from their writer's opinions or their writers from
I pay for, and expect, a quality newspaper.
That of course means quality content.
Perhaps the phenomenon is unknown in your part of the world?
Most US newspapers contain new articles and opinion articles. There
is no expectation by the publisher or the reader for the opinion
articles to have any standard of the type of quality involved in
regard to the publisher's or the reader's agreement with the position.
The _Orlando Sentinel_ usually runs opposing opinion articles by
columnists or readers. If they run an opinion article that takes a
pro-(subject) stance, they will run it side-by-side with an opinion
article with an opposite stance. It's up to the reader to decide
which represents quality.
I would not be opposed to the _Orlando Sentinel_ publishing an opinion
piece espousing a religious view that I oppose and personally feel
does not include factual quality as long as they also give voice to an
This is timely. Trump's administration is taking steps to allow
employers with "moral or religious" objections to providing
contraception as part of health insurance. I expect to see opinion
pieces in the _Orlando Sentinel_ agreeing or disagreeing with this.
What you seem to want is your newspaper making the decision for you as
to what is "quality" and acceptable. I want to make that decision
To tie this in with comics in the newspaper, the _Orlando Sentinel_
carries both "Doonesbury" and "Mallard Fillmore" on the comic page
with "Doonesbury" labeled as "From the Left" and "Mallard Fillmore"
labeled "From the Right".
"Mallard Fillmore" is a snarky right-wing strip that lacks - IMO -
quality. But, I think it's entirely appropriate to offer this for
people who want snarky right-wing idiocy.
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida