Nothing says “I’m turning into an old crank” more than writing letters to the editor of a print newspaper! I had a letter printed in this week’s edition of the East Bay Express, a free weekly. So far nobody’s commented on it, which means (a) no one I know reads the letters column in the East Bay Express or (b) people did see it, but thought it was stupid and/or not worth commenting on. Decide for yourself!
I wrote in response to the first letter (“Questions of Dogma”) printed in last week’s issue, which you can read here.
My letter is available to read here.
Fun fact: my first job out of college was in the editorial department of the Baltimore Sun, back in the days when people had to type or handwrite their letters to the editor and mail them in via the U.S. postal service. One of my daily duties was typing the selected letters into the Sun‘s primitive computer system. The most annoying part of my job was that I was constantly mis-typing the word “the” as “teh,” something I still do. Luckily, I had already quit and moved on by the time email would have made my job obsolete.