The Anniston Star’s editorials are nearly always sincere and informed. That is what allows the paper to be a powerful voice for the community it serves.
I was appalled, therefore, to read the unsigned editorial, “What’s best for the children.” In that piece, the writer endorsed the decision made by Jacksonville’s Board of Education to move Kitty Stone Elementary School to the outskirts.
What I found appalling, however, was not the opinion but the writer’s puerile manner. “The smoke has cleared, a day has passed, and the city of Jacksonville hasn’t imploded.” Imploded? Cities don’t implode; they deteriorate slowly. The writer took pleasure in characterizing the opponents of this decision as old fashioned and sentimental, even irrational. The board “faced a choice lathered in as much emotion as it did pertinent facts.” That clause is as uninformed and offensive as it is ungrammatical.
Carmine Di Biase