Letters change nothing


I wrote my first Letter to the Editor in 1984. It was in response to a story this newspaper printed about the new technology the local phone company was rolling out. It was a story written by the phone company and reprinted. There was no investigation of what the new technology would also cause; which was lay-offs. My letter spelled out what those changes would cause. Did the public care? No. Did this paper do a follow-up story? Not without me putting my job on the line. You see that letter generated three threats of firing for me.

My point is even though my Letter to the Editor generated a lot of excitement, it did nothing to change anything. I still got laid-off along with a half dozen others. And even though it’s nice to see your name in print and gives people a way to vent, the letters change nothing.


Newton Falls