I am writing to help Taylor Bay resident Dale Lyman improve his letter to the editor from December’s issue. ("KP News is Biased Liberal Mouthpiece.")
First, avoid stereotypes, such as the slow driver with the liberal bumper stickers, as they are a hallmark of the lazy writer. Cite examples like what the bumper sticker said, and an evocative description of the driver. If you saw an editor of the KP News holding up traffic, sporting an Emily Randall sticker, share that with the readers.
More clarity is needed on your charge of pandering for advertisers. Are ads for realtors and Drive Thru Feed part of this conspiracy? As an advertiser with the KP News, I can attest that I never got a price break on an election campaign ad, and my opponent got the same price as me.
When you use terms like “amateur” to describe KP News writers, you are exposing your total lack of research preparing your letter. Do your due diligence and then reconsider your choice of words. Go ahead, it’s easy — they got this thing now called Google.
The KP News contributors that I have met do not seem to have any allegiance to a political party or ideals. What they do have is a commitment to our community and a love of journalism.
But the biggest failure to effectively communicate your ideas is that you never provide a single example to support your claims. Was there liberal bias in their coverage of local issues? Please specify. Note the offending fake news and name the comrade who wrote it.
Based on the midterm election results, America is rejecting Trump-approved conspiracy theorist candidates, long on bluster but short on substance. It’s no longer enough just to dehumanize people with descriptions like “passive aggressive idiots.”
I suggest less name-calling and more discussion of your own contribution to the quality of life in our community.
I am happy to further help a neighbor improve his writing skill, so feel free to contact me. I can also give you some advice on filling out your ballot.
But as a former award-winning high school sports editor, if your letter came across my desk, I would mark it: Revise and Re-submit.
John Kelly, Wauna
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