Doing a newspaper column is like having a giant megaphone.
And what happens if you disagree?
You get to send an email or call my reader line (215-854-2714) or write a letter to the editor, which -- if you are lucky -- will be edited for length and run in the letters section of the editorial page.
It doesn't seem quite fair. My loud voice versus your whisper of a reply.
To take a small step towards correcting that imbalance, I plan to offer a sort of point-counterpoint in this blog.
I'll post my original column, along with the most cogent (i.e. not a rant) reply.
I'll begin with a piece I did the other week criticizing some legislators for trying to pressure anti-gun activists to accept what they considered a watered-down version of a bill to limit handgun sales in Pennsylvania to one a month.
By the way, though they didn't write a letter, Vince Fumo's people complained to me that I was unfair to their guy by implying that he was acting at the behest of the NRA. They say he wasn't -- and that he proposed a compromise only after the bill's sponsors came to him asking for help in getting it passed in the legislature.
Here is the original piece.
Here is state Sen. Leanna Washington's reply.