Letter from the Editor: Choate Controversy

2 thoughts on “Letter from the Editor: Choate Controversy”

  1. Ms Cobbs

    This is not a letter to the editor, but rather a request.

    I am a firm believer of reading source documents and forming my own opinions. I have also made my share of public gaffs.

    I further believe rather strongly in the freedom of expression (including the press) as well as the necessary role of mistakes in personal and professional growth.

    I cannot seem to find the original offending material in your archives (which may be understandable). Would it be possible to provide me with the text?

    Robert Almy (’69)

  2. Dear Editor:

    I did not read the Choate article, and it may have been (as Bob Merriam suggested) a bit juvenile. Nevertheless, it generated interest and comment, so keep it up. I was editor-in-chief of The Scroll in 1959-60. We put together a nice looking paper that was well proof-read and relentlessly boring. I tried to initiate a man-in-street column with a question about the pending Kennedy-Nixon election, and I was told unequivocally by the Head (the legendary Frank Boyden) that under no condition could any controversy make its way into the pages of The Scroll.

    Newspapers aren’t worth the trees they are printed on or even the electricity they consume on our computers if they don’t generate discussion and controversy. It sounds like you are trying to do exactly that, so hold your heads high and keep it up. I have no doubt that you produce a better paper than we did, notwithstanding the awards we won.

    George Covington ’60

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