Wednesday, we published the following letter from Cal Pappas, under the headline:
“Reader thinks back to Times as to a distant golden age in journalism”
“A short while ago I glanced at the Daily News while waiting for an appointment (Oct. 11). I wanted to see if it was still the left-leaning liberal paper I watched it evolve into in the 1980s and 1990s.
“On the two opinion pages I read of global warming and a jab at our president (Thomas Friedman, opinion column), that the human race is the only race that matters (Leslie Lorentzen, community voices), we need to take care of an injured moose (JoAnne Woolever, letter), everyone is entitled to health insurance (Catherine Harvey, letter), Maggie the elephant and the homeless need our compassion (Kevin Bridge, letter), that what we all need to do is be nice to everyone (Billy Gibby, letter), that President Bush's veto to expand a children's health insurance program was bad (Daily News editorial), and, of course, a thank you to homosexuals (Edie Bailey, letter).
“Days later I read the reasons why the unwanted unborn children are to be killed, legally of course (Lisa Adams, letter).
“I have my answer. Oh, how I miss the Times.”
-- Cal Pappas
On the same day that Cal’s letter ran, I glanced at the content in the rest of the opinion section, to see what kind of job our “left-leaning, liberal paper” is doing running diverse views now that the Voice of the Times is gone.
On the two opinion pages, I read of how public schools suffer because it’s too hard to fire bad teachers (Leonard Pitts, opinion column), kind words for one of President Reagan’s appointees to the Supreme Court (editorial, Philadelphia Inquirer), a reminder that not all Catholic priests are child abusers (Elise Patkotak, opinion column), criticism of special privileges for Alaska Native corporations (Daily News editorial), how the income tax is a form of slavery (David Biesemeyer, letter), how we should thank our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq (Dorothy Keeler, letter), and, of course, how the media is too negative (Traci Johnson, letter).
I have my answer. You can get a pretty wide range of views reading the opinion section of the “left-leaning, liberal” Daily News.
- Matt Zencey, editorial page editor