It is good to know that the U-B editorial page editor is concerned with printing articles from all viewpoints. I do think the opinions and the letters from readers do overwhelmingly slant to the right, but this slant to the right is not necessarily “wrong.”
That is the viewpoint of the majority of people in our community who care about political matters and write to the paper.
But I would suggest staying away from the comments posted on the U-B website and Facebook, because many are neither right nor left — but are just plain nasty and attack those who simply want to make a political statement.
Luckily, there is a good administrator of the U-B page who deletes the posts that contain the annoying nasty comments. I get very weary reading the thoughtless snap judgments written in reply to thoughtful people who care enough about political matters to speak out.
One problem I see in tallying whether an article is “left” or “right” is when the subject matter is science, some automatically believe it is a liberal article. Do those who read an article in the business section automatically believe it is a conservative article? I would hope not.
Perhaps there should be a separate section in the U-B for articles dealing with science. Of course, some articles about scientific subjects have a liberal agenda, and would fit into the “Perspective” section, as some articles on business and money have a conservative agenda, and would also fit into the “Perspective” section.
One U-B reader gave me a good suggestion the other day: Read the first few paragraphs of each article or letter to the editor, and see if the writing catches your interest and is written well. Do not necessarily scan the titles, as the reader may miss an exceptional writing, by judging the writing by its title.
Sharon K. Schiller