Please don't make wrong assumptions

By Vicki Hyatt | Jun 20, 2012

I just received a call from a woman who was extremely upset that her letter to the editor was not in the paper. From what I could gather, it was about a picnic and the mill and was supposedly sent to me about a month ago.

Before I could even find out whether the letter was emailed, mailed, dropped off or even signed, I was told we obviously care "about putting your own stuff in instead of anybody else's." The caller abruptly hung up.

Whoa, a minute. I'll write this explanation here since the caller left no way to further communicate.

For the record, we publish all community letters we receive as long as they meet the guidelines. These are simple to follow: All letters must be signed and include the writer's home town. They must have a local connection — we don't publish letters send out en masse from Londonberry, CT, for instance. They should be no more than 350 words and they can't be libelous.

To the woman who just hung up on me, I promise you, if I had received your letter, it would have been published. There are lots of reasons things don't get where they are supposed to go, and your letter never hit my email box or desk.

We are a community newspaper and care about issues that you care about. If you should happen to read this, or if someone who you may have complained to about us comes across this, please resend your letter. We are a community forum and want to hear from you. If you have sent in a letter and haven't seen it printed within three issues, please give me a call at 452-0661, and we'll get to the bottom of it.