Day in the Life 2019

Assistant content editor Christopher Otto, left, and editorial page Editor Suzanne Cassidy work in editorial Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Ask An Editor is an occasional column celebrating LNP’s 225th anniversary. Send Ask An Editor questions to Lori Goodlin, content and production editor, at lgoodlin@lnpnews.com.

Q: Is it one person or a committee that chooses which letters to the editor appear?

I can’t stand reading them anymore. The percentage of over-the-top religious fanatics of politics and social issues is offensive, and I can’t believe they represent the majority.

Have a question about the news? Ask an editor as we mark 225 years of Lancaster newspapers

We asked Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy to answer:

A: As I wrote in a 2017 column, faith is “part of the fabric of life in Lancaster County, and that’s undeniable, whether we attend a church, temple, meeting house, synagogue or mosque, or simply drive by any of those buildings even once in a while.”

We welcome letters from people of all political views, of all backgrounds, of all faiths — and of none. Anyone can write a letter. As long as it’s 250 words or less, addresses a topic that affects the public and adheres to basic standards of civility and decency, we run it (letter writers are limited to one published letter every 30 days).

Letters are edited for grammar, clarity and length, and are vetted for accuracy, but not for ideology.

As I wrote in 2017, in “a world in which people increasingly are huddling in ideological enclaves, this newspaper’s Op-Ed page seeks to be a place where we can come together and hash things out.” We do not stifle differing viewpoints, religious or otherwise.


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Why do obituaries appear online at different times of the morning? [Ask An Editor]
Why are news stories reported in townships rather than by town names? [Ask an Editor]
Ask An Editor: Why can't stories begin and end on the same page?
Ask An Editor: Why is LNP cutting back on state and national sports scores?
Ask An Editor: LNP is reprinting old front pages, but why aren't they big enough to read?
Ask An Editor: Why was the daily list of Deaths Reported moved in the newspaper?
Ask An Editor: Why has the front page strayed from 'Always Lancaster' content?
Ask An Editor: Why are there so many editorials from papers 'with a very strong, liberal slant'?