Substance and content should be the criteria
Stabroek News
October 30, 2001

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Dear Editor,

Your newspaper has come a long way in serving our public. It is, in my view, very popular and also has a wide international appeal.

Your Stabroek News is also seen as a paper which makes a great effort to be impartial, and encourages free expression.

However, there are contributors to your letter columns who feel that among other things substance and content are of vital importance, and should be the motivating factors in publishing letters.

Bad spelling, bad grammar and bad sentence construction - syntax, though they should remain at a minimum, should not be a deterrent to publishing. Like all newspapers, you do edit. There are many who only write when they feel a strong urge to express an opinion or point of view, via your paper, with the public as jury.

Regis Debray, the French writer, noted that there are those who have much to tell, but cannot write; and those who can write, but have nothing to tell.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Fyffe

Editor's note:

Bad spelling and bad grammar have never been a deterrent to publication of letters which are routinely edited. We make every effort to publish letters once the meaning is clear and the writer has something to say.