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Your say: Longer letters more lucid, rate hikes, reader photo

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Longer letters more lucid

In response to two letters of October 27 urging brevity as the only desirable element in a letter, I would like to ask how many readers bother with letters that do not interest them?

Surely one reads only those of interest, while skimming over others.

Brevity, which is advocated as a standard, would result in the most interesting and rewarding letters being eliminated.

Fortunately, the editor realises that many of his readers still enjoy a lucidly presented argument, of necessity set out in a longer letter.

Those who do not wish to read these are under no compulsion to do so but they should not presume to deprive others of enjoying them.

Writers such as Stan Hood, Russ Hay and John Archer are favourites for those of us who appreciate logic and literacy, thankfully not yet banished from our daily newspaper.


Taking a longer view

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