MINOT, N.D. — I was telling a friend recently that I probably spend at least a couple of hours every day reading and responding to correspondence from you readers, and their response was to ask me why I put so much work into it.
Part of it is that I am lucky enough to get paid to write and talk, and that’s only possible because of you folks. You’re my audience, and I have a deep respect for that. When you write me, I feel like I owe you something more than some platitudes in response. Also, I really do love talking about politics with people. Callers were my favorite part of talk radio, back when I used to host a show, and feedback from readers – negative as it can be, sometimes – is my favorite part of writing.
Most of the feedback I get doesn’t make it into this column. I try to include a representative sample of what turns up in my inbox. If your message isn’t included here doesn’t mean it wasn’t important. Also, if I don’t respond to a message, don’t assume I didn’t read it.
I almost certainly did, but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to engage with everyone.
All that said, remember you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Messages included in this column may be edited for clarity and brevity.