TUESDAY’S LETTERS: A ‘Shrill and Bombastic’ Look at Ann Coulter

By: E&P Staff

Few columnists are as divisive as conservative gunslinger Ann Coulter. Several dozen readers wrote in to express their opinions — both pro and con — about The Arizona Daily Star’s recent decision to drop Coulter’s column, which readers had called “shrill, bombastic, and mean-spirited.” A sampling of reader opinion follows, but first, a few thoughts on those risking life and limb covering Iraq.

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A reader responds to this column written by Luke Baker, Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters:

I just wanted to say my heart goes out to you. I’ve often wondered how you who cover the wars are taken care of. I can only imagine the heartache and pain all of you experience on a daily basis. I can only hope that somewhere amongst so much carnage that you find some little bright spots that give you harbor from the storms.

It is truly amazing what humans are capable of doing to each other. Bouquets to all of you who risk your lives to bring out the truth as terrible as it may be. May you find peace somewhere within you. We pray for all of your safety. Take care and wishing you all the very best.

Carol Crocker

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Re: Journalists Detained in Iraq (see this recent report from Reuters):

I don’t know if you saw the recent wires about Reuters journalists arrested in Iraq. I’d be interested to know why Reuters is the only one speaking out about their local stringers held by the US in Iraq. There have been a lot of local reporters held for months at a time without a peep, it seems, from their employers.

Anthony Gelsomino

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Re: ‘Arizona Daily Star’ Drops Ann Coulter’s ‘Shrill’ Column

So, you think you’ve come to know what readers want, huh? Well, you’ve been listening to the wrong people. A shame. For many, including myself, it was one of the few reasons one might want to look at your paper.

So long and good luck. You’ll likely need it.

William Fitzgerald

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Congratulations to the Star for having the cajones to drop Ann Coulter. In my opinion, she writes like a 14-year old teenage boy — her bombastic use of language and name-calling is intolerable. I also cancelled my subscription to Time magazine when she appeared on the cover. To be fair, I did read the article first and after doing that, it only confirmed what I had thought all along. She craves attention and she’ll do anything to get it. Unfortunately, Time had to pay for it. Thank you again.

Barbara P. Harrison
New Bern, N.C.

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Bravo to you for getting rid of that abortion-which-should-have-happened. (Just thinking of her makes me say vile things.) I hope your newspaper thrives and grows in subscriptions as I am sure it will now that you’ve excised the cancer.

Laura Lelievre

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Please! Don’t give me that crap that even conservatives find Ms. Coulter shrill and bombastic. The ones who disagree with Ann Coulter are those New York Times and Pravda wannabes who work at the newspaper.

Michael Loehrer
Westerville, Ohio

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Thanks for clearing the air and getting rid of Ann Coulter, the most divisive person authorized out in public. God bless America.

Jess Carbajal

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