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Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Hire fifth grader to edit letters

Whether I agree with them or not, I appreciate and enjoy reading thoughtfully expressed viewpoints in this section. Increasingly though, it seems that its becoming an arena for political mudslinging and unfortunately, since they tend to seriously undermine an attack's effectiveness, facts often become irrelevant. Thus, I respectfully suggest that the Herald hire a fifth grader who values truth and reality to fact-check our letters before they are cleared to print.
In a Wednesday letter, a gentleman asserts that the current administration is responsible for the "great recession" because it forced and threatened banks into making bad loans. Since our hypothetical fifth grader is better informed than a zucchini, he or she would know that the banking collapse happened well before this administration was in office and, once the giggling was under control, would return the letter to the writer for revision. This would significantly reduce the amount of nonsense that readers are being subjected to. It may require more effort but we should be able to make our criticisms without just making stuff up.

Dan Postema
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