Newsday called back to verify the letter I'd sent them, which is common but not universal practice. If you write something that doesn't sound too crazy, they'll consider it for publication. And let's face it - with their circulation perhaps not what it once was, there's a smaller pool of writers. Any non-psychotic letter stands half a chance of making it in.
I called them back and left a message on their verification hotline on Monday afternoon. No letter in the Tuesday paper, but I'll give it a few more days. They've printed three letters of mine in the past four years:
- It's nice that after 9/11, everyone's displaying the flag. But please don't drape it over the hood of your car, because it's disrespectful.
- It's nice that Bush is going after Saddam because he is ignoring UN resolutions. So how about Bush obeying the UN resolution that would bar the execution of minors and the mentally handicapped?
- It's nice that so much focus is being paid to the blonde woman who was killed under an order of protection in front of her two small kids. But why does she get several front pages and continual coverage when the Hispanic woman who was killed under an order of protection in front of her two small kids just days earlier only rated an inch or two buried in the paper?
And no, you'll find that righteous indignation knows no age limit. Yeesh, what a whiner.