BIG hat tip to SD Watch who notes that a play has been developed based on the writings of Leonard Peltier: A play about convicted murderer Leonard Peltier? Whether it is good, bad, or indifferent, I don’t see it playing in South Dakota any time soon. Maybe we should all see it, whatever our views on Peltier’s guilt or innocence, but man, this is going to reopen some major wounds in our state.Go read it here (with a youtube clip).
Yuck. Why should we be surprised about this? "Murderabilia," or the fascination regarding the art and ramblings of convicted killers has been a sick underground trend for some time now. I'd just add this to the pile. To me, it's no more than wanting one of John Wayne Gacy's clown pictures.
Somehow, I doubt the play is going to document what Peltier was convicted for. The killing of FBI agents Coler and Williams from fatal wounds to the head delivered by a high-powered rifle at contact range.
There's a few basic rules to keep in mind when writing a letter to the editor. If you spend a little time formulating your thoughts and pay attention to details, there's no reason you can't write an effective letter. For these purposes, I am going to assume you want to influence policy of some sort.
If you're just writing to complain or praise, simply write as you would to a friend and fire it off. I say "as you would to a friend" because those words taste better when you have to eat them later.
One: Decide specifically what your goal is with the letter. Clarify what you want to accomplish in a single sentence and write it down. That way you can review your letter during the writing process to make sure that all of your words build towards a single goal.
Two: Identify the problem for the reader in clear, simple terms. If you can document instances of the problem do so and state your sources. In the September 19th issue of the Frankfurt Times, article such and su…