One o my avoritequotes: “Most people’sidea o reasoning is tond ways to continuethinking as they alreadydo.” It’s true. We’ll watcha particular network withour avorite news pro-gram knowing we’ll ndsupport or what we maybe politically or socially thinking. Those peskypolitical ads give many o us the odder to goon thinking as we already do about a par-ticular candidate or issue. We also know thatthose ads and even the network programmingare designed to infuence us and not neces-sarily with good reasoning or actual content.I am oten more curious about what my ellowcitizens think about an issue, candidate or hottopic in the community.Letters—almost sounds archaic in the ageo Twitter, Facebook, blogs and texts—ournewspapers are lled with them. Letters tothe Editor are written by people who wanttheir voices to be heard. They believe theyhave important inormation to oer based ontheir education or personal experience, eel aneed to correct incorrect inormation ound inanother letter or a newspaper article or reactto policy makers. The voices o the people withwhom we live, work and play can be moreinormative and accurate than inormationgotten elsewhere. O course there are thoseolks who want their voices heard but reallyhave nothing to say. However, it is such ademocratic process to reely express onesel ina ree press without retribution.There will be plenty o letters, more than usual,in our local papers as the Election Day drawsnear. National, state and local candidates, localschool and community issues, and more willbe the topics on which people will want toexpress themselves.
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Letters to the Editor: A naturalblend of Freedom of Speech andFreedom of the Press
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with which they agree or disagree. Havethem write a response letter then clip it tothe newspaper letter and hand it to youor your comments.
use them as discussion topics in theclassroom.
daily to see i there is a trend amongthe voters in their community toward aparticular candidate or issue. Can ElectionDay results be predicted simply by usingthe Letters to the Editor?
strongly about a candidate and/or issueand may want to write a letter to theeditor. Students should check to see whatrestrictions may be in place on letters tothe local newspaper.
to the Editor ound in the New York Times,Chicago Tribune or any other major news-paper maybe the local newspaper as well.I am sure the students will nd those letterswith which they agree so they can go onthinking as they already do. Hopeully, theywill also discover the importance o dierenceo opinion, the importance o using correctinormation in support o arguments and thatFreedom o Speech and Freedom o Press arealive and well. Interesting to note, somedaythese students may say “Remember Letters tothe Editor…Remember newspapers when theywere paper?
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On July 31st, ExecutiveDirector Deborah Dehaanretired ater 13 years at thehelm. During Deb’s tenure,OCLRE has grown to becomethe largest state provider olaw-related education both in the number oprograms oered and teachers and studentsserved. More importantly however, OCLRE hasbecome a better, stronger organization becauseo Deb’s vision and passion. In recognition oher exceptional dedication to OCLRE’s mission,Deb will be honored with the Founder’s Awardto be presented during the 2012 Law and Citi-zenship Conerence. We are grateul or Deb’ssignicant contributions to OCLRE and wish hermuch happiness as she begins a new chapter.The Center’s Board o Trustees has establishedthe Deborah DeHaan Scholarship Fund to sup-port schools that need nancial assistance toparticipate in OCLRE programs and activities.Questions regarding the DeHaan ScholarshipFund may be directed to Lisa Eschleman at(614) 485-3500. Contributions o the Fundcan be made in care o OCLRE at 1700 LakeShore Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204.The Center’s Board oTrustees and sta are happyto welcome Lisa Eschlemanas OCLRE’s new executivedirector. Ms. Eschleman is theCenter’s th director in its30-year history and is the rst director who isalso a lawyer.“It certainly is an honor to ollow Deb,”Eschleman said. “Through her leadership,OCLRE has grown to become one o the mostrespected programs in the country.” As anOCLRE volunteer since 1996, Ms. Eschlemanserves as the chairperson o the Mock TrialCase Committee.Previous to her leadership position with theOhio Environmental Review Appeals Commis-sion, Eschleman served as associate directoror pro bono at the Ohio Legal AssistanceFoundation, as a senior attorney at the CapitalUniversity Law School Family Advocacy Clinicand as a partner with Porter, Wright, Morris& Arthur.Welcome Lisa!
OCLRE bids adieu toDeborah DeHaanand welcomes newexecutive director