Baltimore Sun

Different viewpoints make for better opinion pages

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People who would seek to have the media refrain from publishing commentary they do not concur with (“Please stop running Heritage Foundation commentary,” July 26) illustrate a point made by Bret Stephens in Tuesday’s commentary, “Bret Stephens: I was wrong about Trump voters.”

That is, such people who would prefer a personally sanitized commentary page obviously lack “respect for difference­s of opinion.”

Some people on the other side could call for Leonard Pitts and other liberal commentato­rs to be banned as well for their biases.

Now I realize the readership probably to a degree mimics the relative distributi­on of political persuasion­s of Baltimore and the state, but trying to suppress commentary from either viewpoint smarts of one-sided dictatoria­l regimes.

The commentary by American Heritage and conservati­ve writers in general that grace these pages are infrequent at best but provide some opposing viewpoints.

I would venture a guess that even Bret Stephens’ commentary today would not be well received by certain members of the Sunpapers’ readership, including American Heritage antagonist­s and even Sun columnist Dan Rodricks.

— Michael Ernest, Catonsvill­e

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