Get to the point please, Mr. Holman
One thing the editor’s rule on letter length has done is force writers to get right to the point. Perhaps this rule should apply to column writers as well. In Saturday’s paper, ‘The Meddler’ (Alan Holman) keeps up his lengthy musings and it’s about a quarter of the way in before the reader knows what he’s writing about (“Sen. Downe, an unlikely populist”).
This time he’s criticizing Sen. Percy Downe for his attempt at removing Confederation Bridge tolls. Mr. Holman thinks the senator would be better served trying to get more people paying user fees, not less. I’ll follow the editor’s rule and keep this short. Many Islanders disagree with you, Mr. Holman, and I bet if any users of the Champlain Bridge in Montreal read your suggestion, you may hear from some of them.
My polite suggestion is perhaps you should ‘meddle’ elsewhere. Lloyd Kerry, Charlottetown