The Nov. 12 edition of the Monitor focuses on the regrettable demise of local newspapers. The editor's introduction states that local papers allow citizens to "live in a town where the city council was marginally less likely to be corrupt." That metaphor surely applies to The Modesto Bee. Your investigative reporting is a valuable asset to our community.
That said, I encourage The Bee to be more selective in letters for your print edition. All will be better served if The Bee follows the spirit of choosing civility, about which you have editorialized. It is possible and profitable to restrict thoughtless, hateful speech without limiting full discourse of important issues.