KILKENNY -- The letters section of a community's newspaper can tell you a lot about the heart-rending issues of a community. Several times a month, The Kilkenny People is spammed by letter writers who send the same diatribe to most of the other regional papers and to the national titles. Other times, thinly disguised attacks on elected officials, written by the opposition (not the citizenry) appear on the Letters pages. It's hard to sense whether there's a real sentiment bubbling beneath. But open the European Stars and Stripes and you will read what's on the minds of the grunt in the sand. Right now, some of the comments contain frank letters about their plight, written in the Iraqi heat. Could you imagine the sound level of the whinging if The Stripes allowed the printing of text messages? Or a summation of blog entries? I spent nearly six years as a daily subscriber to the Germany edition of that paper. Its publishing of unvarnished comments led to several changes of command.
European Stars&Stripes -- "Frank Letters"
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