“A Concerned Resident of West Baton Rouge” recently wrote a letter to the editor that was quite good. It was clear and concise and spoke to more than a singular side of the issue of what he/she calls a “battle” in Port Allen.
In fact, since the controversy in the city began, I’ve received a few “letters to the editor” from concerned citizens – many of which wish to remain anonymous. The sad thing about this fact is that none of these letters will be seen in the West Side Journal. As great of points as you letter-writers have made on either side of the argument, our policy is that we do not print letters from anonymous sources.
So please be aware, that if you want your voice heard within a letter to the editor, we must have a name and the city you reside in to go along with that voice.
It has never been our intent to muzzle anyone who decides to speak out, but we will continue to be responsible for what is placed in the newspaper. And because the responsibility ultimately falls on us, we must have a source to attribute letters to the editor in order to publish them.
With that said, I will say that the letters that have flowed in have been very good, and very respectful. It seems that the “concerned citizens” in the Port Allen area sincerely care about the city and want to see progression begin soon.
I think we can all agree that as long as citizens are in City Hall yelling at one another, and as long as the Mayor and City Council are locking horns, there will be a constant state of stagnation.
No matter how hard you press a vehicle’s gas pedal, you won’t move if the vehicle is stuck in Park.
We really appreciate and welcome letters to the editor, and I hope that you all continue writing in about whatever is on your mind – but don’t forget to include your name and your city!