I guess it’s been going on for a long time, but it seems to be more prevalent in recent years since the advent of 24/7 news channels and political talk radio: People tune in to their favorite outlets and then write letters to the editor in which they simply repeat what they heard on these programs. And Portland Press Herald editors publish these letters.

As the political campaigns heat up, there will be more and more such letters submitted.

Isn’t a letter to the editor supposed to represent the original opinions of the writer? It’s exasperating enough listening to political talk on radio and TV these days without having to read it again almost word for word the following week in a letter to the editor.

Rev. Joseph McKenna