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March 16, 2005



as you, I think, know, from time to time I have expressed my views to the local media. Some of my vituperations have graced the pages of the local (read Chicago) papers. I offer this notion to those who wish to be printed, regardless of their sex.
Be concise; long intros are death. Be on point; if you refer to a particular column, be specific; do the editing for them; they are lazy.
I am reminded of J. Kesner Khan, who, as I recall was a postal worker who was gifted with the ability to write well and succinctly; and who managed to have more letters published than anybody in history.
As long ago as when I was a newspaper delivery boy, wrapping my papers, I used to read his letters because they were so pithy and apt. Even our parish priest would include his thoughts in the weekly Newsletter because the ideas were so well presented(his views were largely libertarian, and that flies on the North Shore).
So, to make a long story short, I suggest that the most progressive (read most prone to to be exactly the right ((read left)) people who want to see underdogs excel) people will publish things they personally disagree with, if it is well written, self editing, and brief.


I find the comment by the Latino woman interesting. Obviously she's not lived somewhere where the white population was not the minority.

I used to live somewhere that is nearly 60% Hispanic. They may have perceived the white population as having the power because of tradition (and often raised cain over being suppressed by the whites in the area), but the simple fact of the matter was that they were the majority and they controlled far more "power" in the area than they realized. It created this reverse discrimination that was rather odd to watch play out.

One does not need much power to discriminate.


Yes, the debate on op-ed columnists is interesting and worth having and I side with Maureen Dowd on a lot of the issues ... while it's not the first page I personally gravitate to, I admire people who write in that world, believe it's important for objective media to have some subjective opinion-sharing (properly labeled as such) and absolutely, if certain people are or perceive themselves to be excluded from it, that's not good ...

Yet while I concede this is a snarky, jaded way of looking at it, what is op-ed writing at its core? ... spending your day reading what your colleagues and other people are researching and reporting about what other people are doing, then adding your two cents ... some people may not feel that is the most productive way to make a living, and perhaps that's why some smart and ambitious women journalists aren't making it their sole priority.

Yvonne DiVita

Good grief! Is this grade school? Boys against the girls? Come on, folks. Women can gather in groups without it meaning they 'hate' men or are discriminating against them. Since men are dominating the blogosphere (so the story goes), what's wrong with women getting together-- without men-- to help each other understand this new communications tool...and how it can impact both our personal and professional lives? THEN...we can have a Big Blog Conference and invite everybody.

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