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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Dick Thompson E-mail 9/11/04

Folks:

This is from new member Dick Thompson, a local Democrat who has gotten many letters into the Globe. He makes this extremely important point about how we do our submissions:


Don't know if it has to do with content, or someone at the Globe being asleep at the switch, but I haven't had much luck submitting letters from the Globe's online "letter to the editor" form. Have had more success sending e-mails directly to:

letters@joplinglobe.com

or to editorial page editor Clair Goodwin at:
cgoodwin@joplinglobe.com

or to editor Ed Simpson at:
esimpson@joplinglobe.com

Thanks for your own "letters to the editor" contributions. Don't know that we'll change many minds in this stronghold of "true believer" Republicans, but at least we can try. I'm particularly bothered that the Globe seems to give a lot of space to local Bush / Cheney "regional coordinator" Allen Shirley, without identifying his "position", and not publish rebuttals to his own distortions of fact. Maybe that in itself is an appropriate subject for a letter.

The other thing I don't know is how one becomes a "guest writer", not subject to the nominal 300-word limitation on ordinary letters to the editor. Do you?

Keep tryin' !

Dick Thompson

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