From: Susan Hall Heitzman
Received: Dec. 30
I came close to canceling our subscription to the Columbus paper, but having already left The Indianapolis Star a few years ago, I’d like to keep a daily Indiana paper in my box. So I thought I’d give it a few months and watch for positive changes in the editorial process. The local observations aren’t as bothersome as the columns that are printed and credited that are negative, circus-like and opportunistic.
Yes, there is one particular column that appears frequently that bothers me. Abdul-Hakim Shabazz has personally attacked the majority-elected head of our state Department of Education repeatedly and inappropriately. In some circles I understand he is immediately discounted. However, this far south in Indiana, there may be people who take his tripe seriously.
It has been so refreshing to see a woman mayor in a good-size community bring her wisdom to many sticky issues. And the push-back has been there, of course, even vindictively I have heard in meetings. However, I have not seen your mayor attacked in your press as I have seen Glenda Ritz.
Although I am not seeking for you to publish my observations, you may if you wish. What I am hoping is that you will please desist from giving this kind of character assassination a platform.