By: Editorial Staff
THE PORTLAND PRESS Herald and Maine Sunday Telegraph will no longer edit their readers’ letters for publication, according to editorial page editor George Neavoll.
“Beginning with the letters we receive today, we’re not going to eliminate a single word, or change them in any other way,” he wrote March 1.
In the past, Neavoll said, the Press Herald and Daily Telegraph altered letters for reasons of style or space?not an uncommon practice in the newspaper business.
However, readers complained that their letters were edited to such a degree that they did not sound like what had been submitted.
The paper will continue to correct spelling, grammar and punctuation in letters and will not use correspondence that contains factual errors or profanity or that is potentially libelous.
Neavoll said the new policy would result in fewer letters being published but added that “it is far preferable to use the full text of the letters we do publish than to try to publish more and have to cut them back.”