A Romenesko reader’s take: This ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ piece needs some help

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A Romenesko reader writes:

I thought you might be interested in reading an *editorial* that ran today in the Chronicle-Tribune, the newspaper in my hometown of Marion, Ind. I took the liberty of copyediting the piece, since no one else did prior to publication.

I think it’s worth mentioning that the C-T isn’t some podunk paper no one has heard of. It won the Hoosier State Press Association’s annual “Blue Ribbon” award (essentially designating it the top HSPA-member newspaper in the state) nine times, most recently in 2001. In the 1990s, the paper took turns with The Indianapolis Star for the honor.

Now they’re scrambling to vomit six inches of dirty copy onto an opinions page that doesn’t seem to present any identifiable opinions. (I can’t figure out what big lesson I’m supposed to learn from this piece.)

* See a larger view of the marked-up editorial (Google Drive)
* Happy Thanksgiving (chronicle-tribune.com/subscription required)

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