Homestead Publishing Company, parent of the Aegis and Record newspapers, announced Friday morning that, in order to save ink, letters to the editor would be arbitrarily truncated – particularly if those letters make mention of a certain local news and commentary website peopled largely by ex-Homesteaders.
In order to save costs at the printing press, The Aegis today cut a few words from a letter to the editor written by former legislative aide and former District C county council candidate Brian Young. The (almost) same letter was published here February 19.
Here’s the closing paragraph from Young’s letter, as posted on The Dagger:
Harford County is home to a well-educated, highly involved, and caring community. The citizenry is fully capable of understanding what it means to have the right to vote, and to exercise that right appropriately. There are frequent community discussions on issues such as this, as is evidenced by the articles and discussion over your bill on the news outlet www.daggerpress.com. The people of Harford County oppose oligarchies and support elections—the citizens of Harford desire an elected school board.
And, here’s how it ran today in The Aegis:
Harford County is home to a well-educated, highly involved, and caring community. The citizenry is fully capable of understanding what it means to have the right to vote and to exercise that right appropriately.
The people of Harford County oppose oligarchies and support elections — the citizens of Harford desire an elected school board.
“They took out a sentence of my letter, without discussing it with me,” Young wrote in an email today. “This is despite my cover letter which said: ‘If there are any questions or concerns with this, I would appreciate your contacting me prior to publication.’”
In related news, in order that we might combat global warming and lessen our carbon footprint, The Dagger– since we’re not hampered by fluctuations in the bitchy world ink market – will be heretofore redacting the use of vowels. Dggr Spksmn Brn Gdmn sd tht h hps ths wll dbl rdrshp, brngng th ttl t 13.