Open Letter to Open Letter Writers

September 17th, 2013

“While I don’t normally speak for everyone, this is an open letter, so just assume that I do.” 



Dear Open Letter Writer,

Thank you for your recent open letter expressing rage, indignation, and disdain for that incident, situation, or travesty in the news, workplace, or checkout lane, which the rest of us obviously witnessed, narrowly missed, or just clean forgot.

The receipt of your correspondence in my social media feed prompted many emotions, not the least of which was the deep reassurance that the spirit of letters to the editor of my home town newspaper still lives on.

I know you had many choices for unburdening yourself. A person with less important opinions and feelings might have gone with another form of rhetoric—perhaps a personal essay, or a private missive to those who offended you, or a cheeky limerick.

And we, your addressees, would have been deprived, not only of a didactic masterwork, but of the heartwarming effect one normally associates with the accidental opening of hate mail addressed to a stranger.

I know that my day would not have been the same without this act of beneficence. And while I don’t normally speak for everyone, this is an open letter, so just assume that I do.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from you soon.

Yours sincerely,



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10 Responses to “Open Letter to Open Letter Writers”

  1. Robbie says:

    I love this. I am so freaking over Open Letters.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I love a good open letter, but then again I’m a bit odd. I even like this one.

  3. Jeanetta says:

    One would think that the advent of social media would negate the need or importance of Open Letters.

  4. Arlin Fields says:

    While saving the hook for the end is a good device, the subhead saved the buried lede. Good work.

  5. Lee Cockrum says:

    I have to agree that I often like open letters! Especially when they describe an experience similar to ones I have had. Helps me feel not so alone in my anguish!

  6. Noelle says:

    All I know is I’ve only written one & I haven’t been without power since:)

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