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Editor's Note

August 12, 2006

Views swing left, right, but balance is in center


“I know it’s much more complicated than this, but this is what I’m doing right now. The others in the group have urged me to continue at least past the primaries.

“I have no complaint about the balance. I really appreciate the paper.”

Judy makes some good observations. And here’s the way I see the lineup.

By design, our syndicated conservative columnists are William Rusher, John Leo and Kathleen Parker (twice a week). Our liberal columnists are Ellen Goodman and Molly Ivins. We also publish the libertarian views of Nat Hentoff, which sometimes align with conservatives, other times with liberals. We publish state-oriented columns from Andrea Neal and others from the Indiana Policy Review, which carry a strong conservative orientation. Brian Howey’s political column is moderate, but sometimes leans liberal. Morton Marcus, the renowned IU economist, brings a liberal slant.

We publish other syndicated columns periodically, but those listed above are the routine columnists.

Balance is definitely the goal. From this lineup of commentators, readers can get a blend of opinion and viewpoints and gain a good perspective from various points on the philosophical spectrum.

As far as letters are concerned, Judy is also correct in assuming that if more liberal than conservative letters on a subject are published, then more were received. What you see in Readers’ Forum is an accurate reflection of the sentiments of those who take the time to write us.

There are some changes coming to the editorial page soon, including at least one new syndicated columnist. I will write more about that next time. Stay tuned.

Editor Max Jones can be reached at (812) 231-4336, or by e-mail at

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