B“Horse” and “manure” are the first two words that come to mind reading John Nagy’s Aug. 18 column describing The Pilot’s “letters to the editor” as “an engaging forum for all.” In response to correspondence I had with Mr. Nagy almost two months ago questioning whether there had been any changes in The Pilot’s policy after four straight letters I had written went unpublished, Mr. Nagy assured me that letters were published regardless of “political orientation,” and that my latest was “in the queue,” where it remains with no further time relevance.
In fairness, I have had several letters with a conservative bent published over the years, to the point where I have had many people tell me they look for them, and ask why I have stopped writing. But no objective observer can question the fact that The Pilot has a liberal slant showing up in its selection of which letters to publish. Throwing a bone with the occasional publication of letters disagreeing with the editor’s political viewpoints doesn’t change that, or help to explain things like The Pilot’s inclination to publish letters with the most offensive statements about the president, while rejecting conservative letters as uncivil, or like the multiple responses published to the unfortunate “tattooed punks” letter.
As I have said before to Mr. Nagy, it is your newspaper and you can publish, or not publish, what you want. What is offensive is that you can’t seem to be able to acknowledge how your political orientation is reflected in The Pilot, which I think is out of step with the community here in the Sandhills you “serve,” and that you continue to pat yourself on the back for what you claim is a balanced “news” paper, when it is clearly not.
William Muller, Pinehurst