Without question I am the last of a dying breed (letter writers). Being the world record holder (1,068) for letters to the editor, this quite probably will be my last letter. Michael Jordan gave his farewell address and since I am the Michael Jordan of letter writing it’s only right that I do the same. Twenty-eight years ago I wrote my first letter, after that I got the letter writing fever and couldn’t stop.
Never did I think I would likely be inducted into the Letter Writers Hall of Fame. It takes a lot of dedication, perseverance, determination and motivation to write letters week after week but then again, after the first one, it became an addiction. But it was a good addiction giving my point of view on right and wrong (and God’s too.)
I tried all kinds of writing: creative writing, humorous writing, serious issue writing, political writing and religious writing. Early days of my writing I had three long letters in one week. Lately it publishes one letter in three weeks. I don’t know why The Citizen is so uptight with their letter space (8 by 5 inches). I remember back in the day four pages of letters were published. It took over an hour to read them. Now it takes about two minutes and two seconds.
A lot of my letters over the years and even lately have never been published. Why? I don’t know. Maybe they weren’t considered “newsworthy.” Hey, as long as someone takes the time to write a letter (as long as it’s printable) why not publish it? I know a lot of my creative writing got tossed. I guess it wasn’t “newsworthy.” Does everything in the letters columns always have to be “newsworthy”?
At any rate during my 28-year run I most certainly encountered my share of critics. I was criticized for my views on the “Seat Belt Law.” The point I was trying to get across was “freedom of choice.” I for one do not like being strapped in like a test tube dummy especially when coming out of a car wash or driving on a street with no traffic. What do I need a seat belt for when I have a picture of Jesus on my back window and have had help on several occasions from guardian angels. The seat belt law is just another money-maker for law enforcement and vehicle insurers.
That’s my final say as I ride off into the sunset. “Michael, I am coming to join you.”