'Chronicle' Readers Are Independent Thinkers

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 21, 2005

Dear Editor,
    In the article announcing your views of the coming state constitutional amendment offerings [Endorsements, Oct. 21], I found the following concerning Proposition 2: "... but we expect regular Chronicle readers are largely in agreement in opposing this ridiculous amendment." Such a comment shortchanges many of your readers and, in turn, you shortchange yourselves. While I will vote against Proposition 2, it will be for my own reasons, which do not necessarily coincide with yours. I (and I cannot be alone) read the Chronicle to be informed, not to find someone who merely echoes my beliefs. We read the Chronicle because, even when we disagree with you, we perceive that you are giving it to us straight from the heart and the head and not just shoveling shit for the sake of wielding a tool. And that places you in marked contrast with those patronizing yet strangely detached and arrogant dolts who run the local daily. When you begin to believe that all your readers are marching in lockstep, that's when you start tailoring your offerings to please the readership. Don't do that! When we think you are full of crap, we'll say so. But we'll also keep reading.
Scott Sexton
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