One of the reasons we started this blog lo those many moons ago was because we wanted to have a forum where we could voice our opinions freely and widely. At that time (back in the early aughts), one of the only avenues for doing so was writing letters to the editor of the local fish wraps. Your chances of having a letter published were slim, especially if your were writing in support of positions that ran counter to the ideological line of the paper's editorial page.
Thankfully, I haven't even thought about writing a letter to the editor in years. Yesterday, a post at Power Line showed that even if you do get a letter published (in this case to the Star Tribune), there's no guarantee that the original context will survive intact. Plus ca change.