Tuesday 22 May 2018

Fake news makes writing and reasoning more vital than ever

Santa Claus? Never in doubt
Santa Claus? Never in doubt
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The art of letter writing is apparently a dying one, although it should be one that is encouraged, especially in this era of fake news and opinion sent out by some tweeting twits and the (un)social media that so wastefully occupies the time of our youth, and too many other citizens.

Often the only letters we get now are bills and advertising - neither of which we welcome.

Probably the most famous letter to the editor was that of eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon, to the editor of 'The New York Sun', (September 21, 1897), which led to the editorial, 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus'. The most important part of the letter really was "Papa says, if you see it in 'The Sun' it's so", a statement that should still ring true for all newspapers, but now faces attack from false news, and missing or misleading news. Although it may seem a simplistic statement, the world would be a better place if everybody wrote letters to the editor.

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