Letters to the EditorWritten by Michael Miller | Editor in Chief Emeritus | email@example.com
Please Mike! We want to read about ur opinions in toledo! not your childhood trauma! save that for a shrink or dear abby. also we dont care about your stories about raising kids. most of us have been there or there! save that for your facebook friends or social circles. free press is excellant read till u go off on your me first articles. just tellin u what my friends and customers talk about when we discussing free press.
Your letter reminds me of a harsh and traumatic beating I once received from my abusive parents.
Just kidding; thanks for the feedback.
I understand that not everyone cares about my boring traumas and my boring kids. But when considering a body of work, those insights are meant to provide context for the stances I take on Toledo issues.
Your life should shape your politics, not the other way around.
I have always been inspired and influenced by John Lennon’s work. It fascinates me that he could write universal anthems such as “Imagine” and political rockers such as “Revolution” and “Power to the People,” and then produce personal and intimate songs, such as “In My Life,” “Woman” and his song for his son, “Beautiful Boy.”
Knowing that Lennon was capable of such sentiment and love makes his anger and outrage at injustice that much more powerful, and that has always been my model. (I understand and accept that I will forever fall short of that model; I say that to spare you the trouble.)
The narrative arc of a weekly column is never about any single week; it should be about a continuing relationship between the writer and the readers which allows for the travels and tangents found in life.
Plus, my kids are so darn cute and I love them and I am excited to talk about them and their impact. The moments I think of as personal and unique are often the most universal, and that dichotomy is compelling.
The specific column you are referring to, which talked about the Showcase Cinemas on Secor being demolished, addressed how my background and the changes in Toledo are intertwined for me. When I write about the impact it has when a mall, school or movie theater is torn down, I am writing about Toledo. If I draw a parallel between a long-ago beatdown and a current event, I am connecting the dots, not as self-therapy, but as an attempt to connect with you.
I occasionally hear from readers like you who are not in the least interested in my boring ups and downs. That does not offend me.
In fact, I am thinking about instituting a ratings system or reader advisory that marks columns dealing with my boring life issues. That way, when you open to Page A3, you would see a big letter “I,” and you could say to yourself, “Oh, Mr. I-Was-Beaten-As-A-Child is writing about his inability to cope with losing a movie theater. Boo-freakin’-hoo. I’m going to see what Dock David Treece wrote this week.”
That should save you some time!
Of course, the downside is that you are going to miss reading these upcoming columns:
- I find my first gray hair (hint: it wasn’t on my head)
- The Day the Goldfish Died
- Potty training Sean: No. 1 step up, No. 2 step back
- I run into a woman who dumped me in college (three-part series)
- Evan skins his knee
- Some assembly required: How the trampoline almost ruined Christmas
- Why did only 20 percent of my Facebook friends wish me a Happy Birthday?
- Fretting about 50 (in five years)
- I still like “Star Wars,” but the old school “Star Wars,” not the newer movies or clone cartoons
- Why The Blade sucks (Chapter 89)
P.S. — I sent your letter and my plea for understanding to Dear Abby on Jan. 26. So far, she has not replied. But there might be 800 words on how devastating her withholding attention and approval is to my fragile psyche.
Brian Wilson’s monkey business
Brian Wilson was wrong. You can dice it and slice it anyway you want but it will not change the fact that he used a very poor analogy to try and make whatever point he was trying to make. I have known Tom Troy for many years. He is a very fine, honest, and reputable reporter. I read your column regularly and agree with you most of the time. However, in this instance, you backed the wrong “horse.” Cut your losses and move on.
Chief Mike Navarre
Toledo Police Department
Dear Chief Navarre,
I sincerely hope you never find yourself on the wrong end of Tom Troy’s “fine, honest and reputable” reporting.
Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Call him at (419) 241-1700 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.