To the Editor:
The Mercury should be applauded for its attempt to somehow regulate the rampant abuse of the media during campaigns. The new policy, in a nutshell, will charge 15 cents per word for comments (pro or con) written about a particular candidate or issue during a campaign. This might be construed as “throwing the baby out with the bath water,” but the reason should be obvious to any reader who has been watching the letters for particular candidates. In past weeks, some of the submissions have looked like a series of form letters or fill-in-the-blanks forms This is an abuse of the public forum provided by the Mercury.