Originally Published: November 3, 2013 6 a.m.
As a subscriber of the Courier, I frequently read the "Our readers speak..." on your Opinion page. Although I personally find most of the letters worthwhile, interesting, and informative, there are those occasional exceptions that, in my opinion, have offensive, dogmatic reasoning that "readers better listen to me because I'm right."
A recent example is the Oct. 21 letter "Gun-free zones do not mean what you think" by Warren Rushton. His last sentence seems to sum up his arrogant opinion, masked as some sort of universal truth. "So folks, your 'gun-free zones' are just philosophical tools used by the dictators to lull you to sleep until it is your time to be killed."
My concern isn't related to the publication of such first-amendment-permissible open letters. I'm more concerned with your "Letters Policy" that seems to actually endorse such letters. I simply and earnestly suggest that your paper include in its Letter Policy a disclaimer that the Courier does not necessarily agree or disagree with the contents of any published Letters to the Editor.