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    Overheard on the Web, and other Web links
    From The Herald's Research Editor


    Thursday, October 21, 2004

    Hostility and rudeness 

    Seems to be the national pasttime these days. Now the Lone Star Iconoclast says it got tons of rude letters and emails after endorsing John Kerry for president (the Crawford, TX newspaper is GW Bush's hometown paper).
      "We have been told by several avid Bush supporters that the days when newspapers publish editorials without personal repercussions are over. As publishers, we have printed editorials for decades, and have endorsed candidates, both Republican and Democrat. When Bush was endorsed four years ago, the Gore supporters did not respond with threats, nor did Democrats when we endorsed Reagan twice. Republicans did not threaten us personally or our business when we endorsed Carter and Clinton for their first terms.
      ...Unfortunately, for the Iconoclast and its publishers there have been threats - big ones including physical harm."

    They have put some of the letters to the editor on the Web. Some are supportive.

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