2009-11-19 / Letters to the Editor

Anonymous letters have long history

Those who are so appalled by the recent anonymous Jamestown political letter should be reminded that this tactic dates back to the founding of the Republic. The first edition of Thomas Paine’s political pamphlet, “Common Sense,” was published anonymously. The Federalists and Anti-Federalists series of papers were published under assumed names.

From the time of the invention of the Gutenberg press up through the nineteenth century, publication of anonymous and heavily biased articles was quite common. Fortunately today, thanks to the Internet, the tyranny of the controlled media has ended and we can all once again have access to all sides of the story.
Robert Gibbs

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