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Bigfoot is real

In Opinion pages on 11 Jun 2010 at 8:09 am

A letter to the editor, written to a daily newspaper in the South and purporting to come from “Jesus Christ,” reads:

The Patterson-Gimlin film of Bigfoot that was made in 1967 is real. The test that (North American Science Institue) did on the film stated that the creature had both human and gorilla characteristics. Bigfoot is a human-primate hybrid. A man made creature that was created several thousand years ago by men that went to Africa and had sex with female gorillas. For all you skeptics out there, they were real men that had real sex with real female gorillas. And nobody was wearing a costume at the time.

OK, settle down, class. There is a moral to come, I promise…

Obviously, you wouldn’t run a letter that claims to come from Jesus or Ronald Reagan or even a well-known living figure unless you were able to confirm that the celebrity actually wrote it. So this one is a non-starter.

But what if you were able to find some guy in your readership who earnestly believed the Bigfoot story? Would you print this letter?

I don’t think there is necessarily a right answer as long as you are consistent in your reasoning. Personally, I hope to keep the editorial page local and relevant. At the Half Moon Bay Review, we typically pass on letters about war in Iraq, President Obama’s citizenship and Bigfoot. My reasoning is that there are other venues for that stuff and it tends to crowd out legitimate local things that are our primary concern.

But I don’t think there is anything wrong with printing the Bigfoot letter as long as you can determine the author is real and isn’t merely passing off a funny found on the Internet, and as long as it fits with the vibe of your page.

I love letters to the editor. They are a bit quaint in this day and age. But so is Bigfoot.

— Clay


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