Letter caption should not have been changed

Dear Editor,

I thank Stabroek News for publishing a letter by me on August 16, 2012 captioned ‘Just do it.’ Kaieteur News (when brother Adam Harris was on vacation leave) chose not to publish that letter.

I titled my letter ‘Let the Sandhurst Graduates Fine-tune our National Security Strategy.’ The Stabroek News editor changed my title to ‘Just do it.‘ I feel sure that a majority of readers felt I was writing about Nike, the most successful sportswear company on planet earth, and immediately turned to the next page. The essence of my letter said that as far as I knew there were at least four living Guyanese who attained the rank of general after graduating from Sandhurst Military College in the United Kingdom. Add to that GDF Chief of Staff Best and and Police Commissioner (ag) Brummell, we currently have six topnotch strategists whom President Ramotar should immediately invite to fine-tune a national internal security plan for Guyana to fight crime. I have yet to see a similar proposal for Guyana’s safety, and  I therefore say like Nike, the leading sportswear company in the world ‘Just do it.’

Editor, does my suggestion imply selling sportswear? The use of your professional licence to edit or change a serious matter can distort or mislead your readership if you exercise your power injudiciously. Please do not alter the title of my letter if you choose to publish it.

Yours faithfully,
George L Munroe

Editor’s note
As is the case with all other newspapers in the world, we are the ones who decide on the captions of letters.

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