Online Poll: Should newspapers publish Sutton letter?

Feb 06, 2019
Source: File photo Paula Sutton

Paula Sutton recently paid to run a letter to Sen. Susan Collins in The Bangor Daily News supporting President Trump's border wall. The letter has sparked outrage over her description of Latino migrants with some arguing the newspapers should not run such messages. It also ran in The Buzz in Rockland. What do you think?

Responses to online polls are anonymous.


Comments (15)
Posted by: Kathryn Flanagan | Feb 08, 2019 16:45

My daughters name appeared as opposed to mine in the previous post.  The post was written by Mike Flanagan not

Kelly Flanagan.


Posted by: Kathryn Flanagan | Feb 08, 2019 16:03

This article and series of polling questions make the need for a conservative or traditional newspaper all the more apparent. There is a disturbing echo chamber of progressive views in every newspaper in Maine.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Feb 08, 2019 11:17

I read all of the comments and most were in defense of running the letter. Also noted your publications were referred to several times as “liberal “ and “biased “. Thought running a poll on a piece that ran in the Buzz the areas only independent and volunteer free publication was a cheap shot. I saw nothing offensive in that letter. Crossing our border illegally is a CRIME. Let’s not sugar coat the issue

Posted by: Lawrence Edward Galkowski | Feb 08, 2019 06:47

How is this letter racist bigotry? Why is an account of events a vicious smear? To get a clear mental image of what Ms Sutton is trying to convey I suggest   spending  a week on an isolated homestead in the Southwest USA.  Your publication has a DUTY to print this letter.


Posted by: Barry Douglas Morse | Feb 07, 2019 20:21

A publication can publish or not - it's their decision.  All I can say it's that Sutton's  opinions are based on recollections from the early 1990s - 25 years ago - when illegal crossings from Mexico were more than three times what they were last year or any recent year.

Porous borders are a problem but not exactly the crisis they're being made out by some to be.  The Texas border security situation today bears no resemblance to the 1990s.

Posted by: Dan Dunkle | Feb 07, 2019 14:33

Just to clarify, this is an opinion poll, not a binding vote that affects our editorial policy. This has no bearing on the publication of any letter or ad on VillageSoup or in our papers. This is just to let people express their views on the issue. We will publish results from this poll. It's a question of whether the publications that ran the letter were right to do so.

Posted by: Scott Barrows | Feb 07, 2019 13:14

I've read the letter. It seems after horribly representing her constituents in Augusta and losing her re-election bid because of it, Ms. Sutton has aspirations to be a writer of fantasy. I suggest she apply for a position at Fox News.

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Feb 07, 2019 11:09

I just read the letter and I am appalled that this "news organization" (VS) has to ask if they should publish Ms. Sutton's letter.  The letter is from a constituent of Sen Collins and it is based on experience and facts.  What other news is being withheld from we the readers?  I see absolutely nothing wrong the the content of her letter.  It is factual.

This is a biased liberal media all over the State of Maine.  We don't stand a chance.  FAKE NEWS!


Posted by: George Terrien | Feb 07, 2019 10:19

This poll neglected to characterize the letter, published elsewhere, as racist bigotry.  OF COURSE no racist bigotry should be published!  Where is your collective judgement--drowning in the sewer of inhumanity?  And you are waiting until now to ask this question, after Sutton's vicious smear you took in money from its publication, more than three months ago?  Yes, you are a business, but you are a business that must respect and reinforce the public's trust.

Posted by: Don Dickinson | Feb 07, 2019 10:15

Here's the link to the letter John.

Posted by: Martha Johnston-Nash | Feb 07, 2019 09:55

It's a sad day when someone has to pay to publish a letter to the editor. Paula's letter is giving a view to a situation that many liberals would not want others to see, and that is very unfortunate. As a liberal publication, I can imagine it must be difficult for you to want this info made known. The real test of the media's fairness is if it's willing to print other viewpoints. Which are you? We shall find out.

Posted by: John Clark Boeckeler | Feb 07, 2019 08:50

I guess some of your readers will assume that because Paula Sutton is the author, the letter must be offensive and shouldn't be published.  But others will refuse to buy a pig in a poke; they would like to read it before giving an opinion.  So why don't you publish the letter or at least leave a link to where it can be accessed?

Posted by: Lawrence Edward Galkowski | Feb 07, 2019 08:05

no censorship. publish the letter and prove that your paper although clearly liberal biased will allow publication of opposing views.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 07, 2019 06:53

I suppose it has to be up to the individual publication just where to draw the line on such blatantly partisan written pieces.  As long as their are no harmful untruths included I would prefer as little censorship as possible, though, if not to infringe on the rights of the individual but also to expose those partisan beliefs.


"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."  Luke 6:45New International Version (NIV)

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Feb 07, 2019 04:34

Tough decisions that have to be made. Glad it is not up to me. Will they always do it right? Do YOU? I don't.

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