I have worked at a dozen media organizations in seven states over the past 30 years, but nowhere have readers been more engaged or opinionated that here in the Queen City.
Before I arrived here 15 years ago from the South, a Michigan native who had spent some time here gave me his take: “Cincinnatians are smart. They read the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and they will challenge your arguments intelligently.”
He was right, for the most part, and I have become a better journalist for it. So today, as we enter the last month of 2017, I thought I would take a few moments to open my mailbag and share some of the dialogue I have had with you about my column during the past year, the good and bad and the ugly.
On Oct. 24, I published a column that quoted Cincinnati-area Gold Star Dad Keith Maupin about a fallen soldier in Africa after a Florida lawmaker revealed a private conversation between the soldier’s widow and President Trump.
Lenny L offered: “WOW!!! What a pathetic article…You lead with “she’s an idiot” and give orange Hitler a pass on indelicate?!
“The guy took five deferments and bone spurs to avoid the Vietnam War and his duty at that time. Then said “avoiding STD’s” was his personal Vietnam. Saying he prefers POW’s not get captured and has the audacity to tell others to honor the flag and the military is a little too much for me. … Unfortunately, the article was completely disappointing on many levels!”
On June 27, I wrote a column about the social media reaction to Otto Warmbier’s death t the hands of North Korea. Your responses ran the gamut from heartbroken to angry to snarky.
Wrote Tom G: “…politicizing the circumstances of Warmbier’s death and using it as a muse for broader social commentary. Isn’t that what the Enquirer does ad nauseum with the Samuel DuBose matter?”
Madeleine W. wrote: “I am so grateful for the wisdom and compassion you displayed through your writing. The situation with Otto is tragic and devastating; I don’t know for certain what your political views are, but judging from the titles of your other articles, it sounds like we share a lot of the same political ideas. I believe your attitude of unity and inclusion is exactly what we need in this country; I wish there were more people like you, who see the value in every human being, regardless of political party or socioeconomic status.”
In the aftermath of the summer white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., my Aug. 18 column titled “Lest we forget, Americans are a resilient lot,” lauded the American spirit of overcoming in the face of shared pain.
George K responded: “Just finished reading your powerful editorial. You left out the people in this country that yell and believe in death to whitey and pigs in a blanket and target whites for criminal attacks. That is what the President was saying to look at all sides and condemn them.”
Reponse to my Nov. 14 column about believing the women have accused Alabama GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore of sexual misconduct was swift and passionate. When I wrote the column, news about Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and Al Franken had not emerged. Many thought I was being partisan, which I was not. I cited the experiences of personal friends and acquaintances who have suffered harassment and were afraid to come forward for fear of reprisal.
Wrote Jules F: “You discuss the women who make claims of sexual harassment and are just being supported (by) their claims. As recently pointed out by, say, Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post, women’s claims are now to be believed and upheld except for those women who made the claim again the president. Your column would have been a perfect opportunity to point this out, but you failed! Ohio readers who supported the president must be constantly reminded just who they voted for. Or do you have your biases in this battle?”
Another reader wrote: “For years I worked as a victim advocate (in a local county court). Most of my work was in the misdemeanor category and juvenile. Most sexual acts were juvenile against juvenile. Even in adult court, we had a judge, now retired, that believed women who claimed sexual improprieties did so to purposely cause harm to the male.”
There is never enough space to share all the mail and responses that I get from readers, but it is important to me that you know that I read them all. And I appreciate them — good, bad or ugly.
Join Editorial Page Editor Kevin Aldridge and Reporter Pat Brennan at 8 a.m. Friday at Roots Coffee at to discuss what’s next for Oakley and FC Cincinnati and what the development means for our region.
- Elsa Pataky ensures all eyes are on her as she flaunts her trim pins in a pair of TINY denim shorts and no shoes at a Byron Bay cafe
- Going swimmingly! Liam Hemsworth, 30, kisses new girlfriend Gabriella Brooks, 23, at the beach in Byron Bay - as the pair CONFIRM their romance five months after his split from wife Miley Cyrus
- Shirtless Chris Hemsworth teaches his seven-year-old daughter how to surf in Byron Bay... before taking a selfie with a bikini-clad female fan
- Feels good to be home? Liam Hemsworth looks glum as he takes a solitary stroll in Byron Bay without his wife Miley Cyrus
- Broncos Mailbag: Should John Elway trade up to take Clemson defender Isaiah Simmons?
- Liam Hemsworth CONFIRMS romance with model Gabriella Brooks as they kiss on the beach in Byron Bay... after introducing her to his parents following his split from Miley Cyrus
- Steve Hilton: Democrats now 'reheating leftovers' from 'pathetic' impeachment case
- Democrats unveil impeachment articles, as White House slams 'baseless and partisan' effort
- Pelosi hands out souvenir pens, Dems slammed for gloating as House delivers Trump impeachment articles
- Teen Mom 2’s Leah Messer throws shade at former BFF Kailyn Lowry for promoting ‘degrading articles’ about her daughters