Memo to opinion editors: Be on the lookout for this inmate’s letter

prison“I know what life is like [for letters editors] on these smaller newspapers,” writes Romenesko reader Lou Alexander, who noticed that papers around the country are running the same letter from a prison inmate. (Only the writer’s birth city is changed.)

“I worked at them, was the editor of one and the publisher of another. There is no staff, no time and no resources. It is easy for something like this to slip through. Perhaps a mention on your site will alert some editors not to publish the letter when it comes their way.”

–> Greensburgdailynews.com:
“Dear Editor: I was born in Decatur County and started grade school there. Not long afterward, my father lost his job, so my parents decided to move to Nashville, Tenn. As we were moving, we had a bad car accident and my parents were killed. …”

–> Delmarvanow.com:
“Dear Editor: I was born in Salisbury and I started school there. Not long afterward, my father lost his job, so my parents decided to move to Nashville, Tenn. …”

–> MLive.com:
“I was born in Kalamazoo County and started grade school in Kalamazoo. Not long afterward, my father lost his job…”

–> Marshallindependent.com:
I was born in Marshall and I started grade school there…”

–> DailyWorld.com:
I was born in Opelousas and I started grade school there…”

–> TroyRecord.com
I was born in Troy and even started grade school there…”

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