Reader notes that The Union edited his letter that criticized management

Here’s a letter that The Union published this morning from a subscriber:

“Publisher needs to butt out of Lamphier case
“The Other Voices by Stephen Munkelt in The Union on Feb. 29 is in response to the irresponsible editorial about the upcoming trial of Terry Lamphier. The publisher of this paper should just butt out. He has no knowledge of the process, as Mr. Munkelt points out so eloquently. He could have easily written about the DA’s foot dragging in case after case, if he wanted to spotlight corruption. But — sadly we get a taste of the of politics in this county by the only paper in town.

Chip Wilder
Nevada City”

But here’s what he wrote and submitted:

“Hemig Needs To Butt Out-
“The Other Voices by Stephen Munkelt in the paper 2/29/16 is in response to the irresponsible editorial about the upcoming trial of Terry Lamphier. The editor of this paper should just butt out. He has no knowledge of the process, as Mr. Munkelt points out so eloquently. He could have easily written about the DA’s foot dragging in case after case, if he wanted to spotlight corruption. But — sadly we get a taste of the of politics in this county by the only paper in town. The last guy in the editors chair that had the gall to write irresponsible editorials got punched in the nose. And he deserved it.
Chip Wilder
Nevada City”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

9 thoughts on “Reader notes that The Union edited his letter that criticized management”

    1. Great letter Chip, too bad they left out the punch in nose bit. Jim Hemig’s rush to judgement on Terry’s case shows to me just how mean spirited the Union is.

  1. It’s interesting because guys in that chair used to complain mightily about editing reader letters instead of just running them in full. LOL.

  2. I find it odd that Cory Fisher (Union Newsroom) decided to change my words from “Hemig” to “publisher”. Or “editor” to “publisher”. Swift Publications is another kettle of “fish” all together.
    What’s my line? Will the real Union please stand up?
    We used to say “you can’t make this stuff up”, but then that all depends on what newspaper you talk (or write) to—-

    Correspondence from the Union below-
    Hello,Thanks for your submission! Can you please call me to confirm authorship of
    your letter (our policy)? Please include your full name, phone number
    and the city you live in. It’s OK to leave a voice message if you
    don’t reach me directly. Please note that we can only publish one
    submission every 30 days.

    Thank you! Cory Fisher Newsroom
    The
    Union
    530.477.4203

    >
    >Compose your letter here: Hemig Needs To Butt Out-
    >The Other Voices by Stephen Munkelt in the paper 2/29/16 is in response
    >to the irresponsible editorial about the upcoming trial of Terry
    >Lamphier. The editor of this paper should just butt out. He has no
    >knowledge of the process, as Mr. Munkelt points out so eloquently. He
    >could have easily written about the DA’s foot dragging in case after
    >case, if he wanted to spotlight corruption. But— sadly we get a taste
    >of the of politics in this county by the only paper in town. The last guy
    >in the editors chair that had the gall to write irresponsible editorials
    >got punched in the nose. And he deserved it—–
    >Chip Wilder
    >Nevada City
    >

    1. One thought: Changing the title from Hemig to Publisher means the letter wouldn’t show up in a keyword search of the publisher’s name on the internet.

  3. My bad — I mistakenly changed the titles of these two – Hamilton and Hemig. What was I thinking?
    Bad thoughts? Yep- I apologize to anyone who might have been confused as to their actual job description at the paper.

    1. Previous publishers held both the publisher’s and editor’s title, including the one that got “punched in the nose.” Glory hogs. LOL.

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