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Archive for Wednesday, June 23, 1999

ANN SOUNDOFF

June 23, 1999

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In the Journal-World's June 17 editorial page, a letter to the editor is signed by a couple of people and "five other parents." Doesn't that violate your policy against unsigned letters, or false names? A person could write "100 other parents" and we wouldn't know without names.

The letter referred to was signed by five parents in addition to the two couples whose names were published, according to Ann Gardner, editorial page editor. "The letter obviously was signed. It was signed by a total of nine real people whose names and addresses were supplied to the Journal-World," said Gardner. "The Journal-World policy is to publish up to three signatures on letters. In this case, two couples were chosen by the author of the letter to represent the group. To let readers know that they represented a larger group of parents, the additional notation of 'five other parents' was added."

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