YDR letters to the editor: Let the people have their say…

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, of which I am a member, asked me to conduct the “early service” on Dec. 2 on the topic of letters to the editor (one my responsibilities at YDR). The “early services” are usually less formal, lay-led affairs, and they can often focus on non-spiritual matters.

I talked about lettersĀ  as an important forum for free speech – in print and, increasingly, online. Letters to the editor are still relevant in this digital age, even though we require people to use their real names – unlike the largely anonymous Internet. We still get a lot of letters, and they are well read on our website.

Part of my talk focused on letters we received about two high-profile local stories: The Dover Intelligent Design case and the York race riot murder trials. I answered a lot of really great questions from folks in attendance.

One of my hobbies is music and songwriting, so I also wrote a little tune as a prelude to my talk. It was basically a simple chorus, interspersed with readings of excerpts of several recent letters to the editor published in the York Daily Record. I played the guitar and sang on the choruses, and my friend and bandmate Jerry Cohen sang and read the letter excerpts. (Thanks Jerry!) Check out a snippet of that performance in the video. The letter featured in this clip was written by UUCY member Marian Rubach.

About Scott Fisher

I'm opinion page editor and blogging coordinator for the York Daily Record/Sunday News and Yorkblog.com. Phone: 717-771-2049. Email: sfisher@ydr.com. Twitter: YDReditpage.
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One Response to YDR letters to the editor: Let the people have their say…

  1. Dennis Benton Jr says:

    I am not writing this in defense of Obamacare, but to ask a question that I have yet to see being asked. I do not like a lot of the policies in the Obamacare law, but all I hear and read is how people want to see the entire law repealed. Ok, fine, repeal it, but where is a plan to replace it? All you Republican leaders who are calling for the repeal, where is your plan? Why don’t we hear about your plan? Do you have a plan? If so let’s hear it and let us the voters decide if it’s better than Obamacare. If not, then shut up the complaining until you have a better plan to replace Obamacare.

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