Letting Off Steam

For the avid newspaper and magazine reader, the temptation to write a learned piece complaining about the state of the nation or the rising price of a pack of frozen peas can be overwhelming.

It is tempting to try to emulate controversial comment columns in the hope that a discerning editor will be keen to give pride of place to our words of wisdom. Sadly, this is rarely the case.

Comment columns are usually written by staff writers, well-known journalists or political analysts. These are the professionals considered by the media to be qualified to comment on 'life, the universe and everything'.

However, as the infamous 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' discovered, there is an outlet for the man or woman in the street to voice their opinion and that is through the readers' letters page.

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