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Letter: Heavy-handed editing

Please grant contributors to your letters column the courtesy of presuming that they are competent and creative enough to know how to communicate without your intervention. Allowing more individual expression won’t do serious damage to the editing style of your newspaper, and would preserve meanings that you often seem to miss.

In my letter Friday I used the term “Rideshare.” One word, with a capital “R” because that is what the city of Aspen calls their program. It’s their branding, not my convention. Why change it to the generic “ride-share” unless to create the impression that the staff at The Aspen Times doesn’t know that the city has such a program?

Not long ago, I used the English language word “republican”. You changed it to “Republican,” as though my point had something to do with the political party. Do you folks at the Times know that republican is an actual word?

And, when I called the Republican and Democratic political parties the two branches of the Government Party, did you really think I had capitalized the “G” and the “P” by accident or in error?

Can you bring yourself to leave the previous sentence alone this time so that people will understand the point that I’m making? Or, are you so robotized that no human interferes with the spell and grammar check because no human actually reads the letters?

Enough already. (Fragment — consider revising)

Jeffrey Evans


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