Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

February 21, 2013

Front page garners mixed reader reviews

JACKSONVILLE — Appalled, shocked, disgusted, offended,  embarrassed, disappointed. These are just a few of the adjectives I could come up with to describe my opinion and the totally unnecessary crudely worded article.

Ben Tinsley's article in Tuesday, February 19, 2013, paper titled "You'd be NUTS not to attend." For just a moment, I was wondering if my Jack-sonville Daily Progress had a National Enquirer smutty article right there on the front page!  

Or perhaps I had made a wrong turn and was in the men's restroom reading the walls in a restaurant!  

I feel as though this could have been worded differently so as not to offend anyone. Seriously, was this the only way to draw the reader's attention and let the readers know about this worthy event? By using crude and off-color remarks that were sure to offend many readers as it did me! Now I have to ask if you the editor, approved of his article before this went to print? No, I won't be attending and I feel as though others will not attend after reading this article! An apology is due to your readers for publishing this inappropriate and offensive article. A very good cause ... GONE WRONG!


Karen Little


Three cheers for the Daily Progress!

I have no doubt you will come under some fire for your edgy front page headline, "You'd be NUTS not to attend," but I hope the good people of Cherokee County realize that the organizers of this worthy event named it such as to DRAW ATTENTION in EXACTLY that way to their event. Ben Tinsley's descripton of a "bully pulpit" was SPOT ON. "A bully pulpit is a position sufficiently conspicuous to provide an opportunity to speak out and be listened to." (Wiki) That's exactly what this is. And it worked.

Thank you for taking the chance to use clever writing to attract attention to this event.

P.S. The "crackers" story on today's front page was also witty and clever.

John J. Dykes


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