Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On
SCROLL DOWN TO WEEKEND READINGAllen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.
Keep the Respect: Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor are now popular reading in the newspapers. I believe that when we write to the Letters to the Editor we are writing TO the Editor, hence the title, but somehow over time the column has changed. The Editor is bypassed and it has become the Voice of the people where anything goes. I’ve noticed during the years I’ve been writing that some contributors take things personally, many do not stick to the point or subject, and many target other writers.
Tact and respect used to be the order of the day. When one contributor responded to another he or she would address the person as Mister, Miss or Missus. Or if the person was an academic it would be Doctor or Honorable or whatever title the person merited.
The Letters to the Editor column is open to the public, and all writers should show respect to others. Nowadays, however, writers refer to others by their first name or only the surname, e.g. “A letter by Allen” or “I believe Lockington’s opinion” … ! This may be intended as friendly but if there's any doubt it pays to be polite and formal. I very seldom respond to people’s opinions but when I do, it’s always with respect, even if I totally disagree with that person.
Let’s keep the open column a place where debate is healthy and respectful. Name calling we can do around the tanoa and in private. If you want a lesson in that, join me at the Lautoka market and be enlightened.