Thank you for eliminating the divisive “Voices” column from The Newton Kansan. As Yogi Berra once observed: “Verbal contracts aren't worth the paper they're printed on.” So, too, with the anonymous, unsubstantiated comments appearing in the “Voices” column; verbal opinions aren't worth the newsprint they occupy.



Thank you for eliminating the divisive “Voices” column from The Newton Kansan. As Yogi Berra once observed: “Verbal contracts aren't worth the paper they're printed on.” So, too, with the anonymous, unsubstantiated comments appearing in the “Voices” column; verbal opinions aren't worth the newsprint they occupy.
Under the cloak of anonymity, I could offer up such outlandish views as: “The recent devastation caused by floods, tornadoes and heat are God's retribution for tolerating Fred Phelps.”  Too, without attribution, I might make derogatory comments about Newton City Commissioner Glenn Davis' inappropriately causal attire at the VIP (translate that “Sunday best wardrobe”) banquet celebrating the opening of Newton's marvelous new Meridian Conference Center. If I lived and voted in Newton, I would be offended by such a disregard for decorum.
For those of us toiling in public relations and “reputation management,” the anonymous statements in the “Voices” column were like chronic wounds that could never heal.  Now everyone must now face the consequences of publicly expressing opinions in The Newton Kansan. What a refreshing development that is!

— Barrick Wilson,  
Wichita