It was a delight to read John Jordan Moore's letter to the editor (Jan. 25) in which he presented a few of his opinions of The Pantagraph. Biased? Certainly! "An open mind is an empty mind," some journalist of the past - maybe it was H.L.Mencken - said with tongue in cheek, I'm sure. However Mr. Moore was on the money in explaining that "editorial policy is management's business…." Thus, since we have only the one major newspaper, giving up The Pantagraph would deprive ourselves of the good things it brings us. Cartoons, for instance, are indeed important, whether political or in the comics section. The paper's new format is certainly an improvement over the earlier ones.
Its choice of columnists stinks, but what the heck! I've read George Will's column on occasion, and agree with him, sometimes, even though his sesquipedality was never as much fun as was Mr. Moore's, today. When younger -much - I used to read Westbrook Pegler just because I could be reminded how much I enjoyed hating him!
One mustn't hate these columnists Mr. Moore listed - Cal Thomas, Ann Coulter, Thomas Sowell, George Will and Bill O'Reilly. We mustn't even let their drivel increase our blood pressure. Rather, we must realize there are some who love `em. Too bad, I say, but we don't want The Pantagraph to go broke, do we? Placing Doonesbury in the Classifieds was a way in which the paper forced us to at least give the ads a glance. It wasn't a sophomoric way in which the editors let us know that the paper doesn't approve of Trudeau was it? Perhaps by this fall, there will be enough political issues identified to provide a good platform sufficient to turn McLean County into a Democratic stronghold! Then, maybe the Pantagraph will change it's attitude! Do you suppose?