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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Protecting or censoring?

To the Editor:

Most of the Northwest Herald is my morning pabulum ... weather, local news and the obituaries to remember those who passed away. Then there are the letters and the morning prune juice.

I check the letters for the musings of those who know how to construct a sentence and coherently string a few of them together, religious fruitcakes, Sun City Huntley residents with a 50s-60s worldview and other assorted assertive morons (Am I one of them?), and the columns and op-eds.

Scott Reeder occasionally makes some sense now that he's no longer a paid shill for the Illinois Policy Institute, Rich Miller digs into the lies and posturing in Springfield, State Representative and Governor-wannabe David McSweeney and his views of marginalized people from his Barrington Hills digs, and the Washington Examiner's Byron York who, in spite of the overwhelming circumstantial evidence of incompetence, malfeasance, corruption and lying from the President and members of his administration, still clings to his "there's no proof" mantra.

And I miss your longtime columnist Cal Thomas and his view that the world must return to his concept of the Christian God. 

Then there are the funnies ... especially "Non Sequitur" and "Pearls Before Swine," which make me think, and "Dilbert," which reminds me of my brief stint in the corporate world.  

Last week, the Herald notified its readers that it would no longer publish "Non Sequitur" because of a microscopic anti-Trump profanity in his Sunday 2-10 strip. (The Herald doesn't even publish "Non Sequitur" on Sundays.)

Wiley Miller, "Non Sequitur"'s creator, has apologized for the profane statement. Is the Herald now the great moral arbitrator of McHenry County? 

There's good and bad in everyone. One must must learn to live with the profane and the sacred. There's a thin line between protecting and censoring.

Don Metivier


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