I'm sure many of you caught Dean Robert McClure's letter to the editor in today's paper. An original copy of this letter fell into my hands, and it turns out it was pared down by the Sub-Standard. Two lines criticizing Mr. Maffei were excised:
It has the ring of Al Gore’s repetition of Social Security “lockbox” in the 2000 presidential election; you too are in danger of becoming the butt of “there he goes again” jokes.
Jim Walsh is not George Bush, and local folks know him well enough to know that.
However two entire paragraphs criticizing Mr. Walsh were deleted:
Your supporters as well as those trying to make up their minds want to know what you will say to the president if you go back to Washington. Will you be a voice for change; will you represent your district? Or is Mr. Maffei correct? You will quietly support more of the same.
Iraq is the elephant in the room, causing everyone to look pretty silly who ignores it. Without acknowledging that you hear voters’ concerns about their country’s troubling actions in Iraq and elsewhere, your career could be – and should be – in jeopardy.
The overall impression given by these removal turns the article from an objective critique (even if I consider a few to be offbase) into an article much more critical of Mr. Maffei. But what do you expect from the Sub-Standard.