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Three actual letters regarding Dear Jon's previous tirade.

by Dear Jon
February 19, 2001

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Twenty-Fifth Sort_Dear Jon-Three actual letters regarding Dear Jon's previous tirade. ALL LETTERS IN THIS SORT ARE FROM ACTUAL READERS OF THE PARTIAL OBSERVER

Dear Jon,
My theory as to the lack of ethnic and gender diversity in the Partial Observer is that, frankly, the regular stable of writers, S.E. Shepherd, Mark D. Johnson, James Leroy Wilson (who I think might be black - white people go by "Jim" and don't reveal their middle names), Everett Wilson, and the sometime-libeler Jonathan Wilson, are, on the whole, too good. Who has better command of prose and well-informed views on different topics than Shepherd and Johnson? Who has better fiction than Everett Wilson? Who has
the guts to take on James Leroy Wilson's arguments? And who can smear innocent people like Linda Chavez better than Jonathan Wilson? Of course, women and minorities are more than capable (look at James Leroy Wilson, maybe?), but perhaps they lack self-confidence and do not want to see their efforts at writing downgrade the quality of the magazine, or, worse, get rejected (which, I think, is a fat chance). No one should be intimidated by this forum; my goodness, you don't even have to use your real name, especially if it's "Wilson." If you're a reader, you can be a contributor.
Go for it!
-Freedom Fighter

Dear Fighter: And who has more courage to sign their names to their contributions based on reliable news sources, none of which retracted anything, than Jonathan Wilson? But as this letter indicates, the PO also provides for cowards with or without reading comprehension skills to hide behind assumed names so that they can attack, with impugnity, the integrity of regular contributors, both in this Dear Jon column and in the Forums. Go for it. The First Amendment Rules.

But here is some advice, whether or not you asked for it: Be careful how you throw around the erm "libel." In the mouth of an Angry White Male, which from the Forums is my best guess as to your profile, it tends to lose credibility.

Dear Jon,
You have mentioned again and again that angry white males are the only ones that contribute to the Partial Observer. Do you think it's possible that we are the only ones that have opinions? Or do you think that women and minority groups either don't read the PO, or just find it too silly to respond to?

Not-so Angry White Male

Dear Not-so, Not only do I think it is possible that women and minorities find us too silly to respond to, I think it is likely, especially after that last exchange.

Dear Jon,
The things you told Plugger made me think of a conversation I had a couple of weeks ago at church. People were talking about reading REAL THINGS in the Partial Observer. Then one woman said, "Oh I don't stop with the book. I read everything in the magazine that has the name Wilson on it."

I say that's pretty scary, don't you?

Signed: a Looong-time Fan of Dear Jon's advice

Dear Looong: I think it is pretty obvious, between the novelist and the columnist, that the two Wilsons operate from completely different world-views and are probably not related. This strengthens the theory of "Freedom Fighter" that James Leroy Wilson is African American. This is not impossible, since Clarence Thomas, Alan Keyes, and JC Watts, are all African American. There is also an African American who fills in when Rush Limbaugh is on vacation, but I forget his name because I listened to Rush Limbaugh exactly twice, once when it featured this guy, and that was eight years ago. I don't have time to look it up. Anyway, the scariest thing, however, is that this friend of yours nowhere mentions reading "Dear Jon." Obviously she is missing out on the richness of the Partial Observer experience.

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