This is a letter meant for the Hatfields and McCoys.
I like to read Letters to the Editor. I’ve even been known to read them in magazines I pick up at the doctor’s office. Sometimes, I come away from reading a letter with a different perspective on the original article or letter that was submitted. Sometimes, I leave with a chuckle or two.
However, there are many letters published in The Baytown Sun that make me believe the writers are wasting the time of Sun subscribers and space on the page with vitriolic personal arguments based on conservative/liberal points of view. These acrimonious letters often devolve into spates of name calling or even derisive comments about another person’s religious beliefs.
Often, I am reminded of playground spats between little children.
I suppose a newspaper has some kind of obligation to print any letter sent in, but personally I wish the writers would simply meet at a local McDonald’s for coffee and discuss their views privately. Maybe, you could exchange emails. Yes, I can choose not to read their public feuds and often I do when I glance at the name at the end of the letter. You can say that is my right (or privilege) any time I pick up The Baytown Sun — to choose what to read or not read. I just hope that in the future they would make their arguments more private and less public and spare the rest of us the hateful letters they direct toward each other.