Fear of offense leads to less interesting letters

Society in general has become shallow and selfish and craves conformity

Editor, The Record:

One of the last public areas for the exchange of ideas or comments is the letter to the editor sections of the newspapers. It’s the one area where people can state their ideas and reach others not normally in their own groups.

Sometimes to enlighten or, as often is the case when I’ve written to the papers, it’s to provoke and in the process perhaps push people out of their comfort zone. Give me a chance to go after organized religion and I’m in Heaven (pun intended).

But there is a chill in the air when it comes to the letter to the editor sections of papers. Political correctness demands we don’t make honest comments and instead neuters the language allowed lest someone gets offended.

We’ve become a totally shallow and selfish society that says it praises individuality but craves conformity.

No wonder the letters to the editor sections have become an endangered species.

I’ve zero interest in doing a blog, even assuming I knew how to start one which is not a safe assumption to make. Letters to the editors are upfront and personal. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Robert T. Rock


Just Posted

Spratt Road residents want CLBC house shut down after ‘terrifying’ incident

Mission RCMP had to be called after resident left house, damaged neighbour’s property

LETTER: Why is Jati Sidhu ashamed of his riding?

Lytton’s Christopher di Armani shares his dismay at the potential name change of the MP’s riding

Abbotsford man guilty of pilfering $36,000 from Mission gun shop

Former employee Tyson Gamberg processed 172 fraudulent refunds

Jewelry thieves use distraction tactics to target seniors in Abbotsford

Two incidents reported are among similar thefts across Lower Mainland

Brewery, lounge proposed for downtown Mission

Council votes to support liquor license request

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

VIDEO: Vancouver fall to Seattle in Game 2 of the playoffs

Thunderbirds topple the Giants 4-1 in Langley, evening the Western Conference series one game each

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Vancouver-bound transit bus involved in fatal crash near Seattle

One man was killed and a woman injured in crash with bus purchased by TransLink

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Most Read