Free fish

To the Editor:

Each week I look forward to the delivery of West Newsmagazine in my mailbox free of charge.

West gives me the opportunity to learn what is going on in the communities and schools and what is being discussed in terms of changes, developments and legislative issues. I also enjoy most of the letters to the editor, and Thomas Sowell always makes me think about things in a way I may not have done otherwise.

I assume that the reason the paper is free is because the people who advertise realize that the publication is widely read by an overwhelmingly conservative-leaning populace. Many have discontinued their subscriptions to the Post-Dispatch and cannot otherwise be reached through the print media in St. Louis. Thus, they continue to spend their advertising revenue with West Newsmagazine.

It is said that if you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day, but if you teach him to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.

Paul Summers’ complaint in the Oct. 29 issue of West Newsmagazine (“Time for a more even perspective”) reminds me of this saying, except that not only does Mr. Summers want to continue to receive the fish for free, he now wants to tell West Newsmagazine what kind of fish is suitable to his taste buds. If Mr. Summers wants a liberal bias, he should spend $30 a month and subscribe to the Post-Dispatch. If he can’t afford this, he can go to the library and read progressive liberal opinions to his heart’s content.

I, for one, don’t want progressive liberalism, socialism and more big government. Liberal proponents of giving away more of our liberties in the interest of political correctness or desires to foist their penchant for liberalism on the rest of West’s readers should let those who are funding the paper (catching the fish), decide what is suitable for the taste buds of the reader.

When the advertisers start pulling their advertising revenue because of a conservative columnist, then, and only then, should the editors re-think the advisability of continuing Thomas Sowell. They will do so at the risk of losing readership.

David Kearney



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