EDITORIAL: Letter prompts strong emotions

A letter we ran in our last edition of the Times has ignited a firestorm of vitriol against not only the author of the letter, but also us as the medium through which it was disseminated.

We knew our front-page story of same-sex couple Justin Mallard and Brett Rancourt and their decision to have a child through a surrogate mother would be controversial here in a community with strong religious values.

And while we’re honoured to share the happy couple’s story, we knew there would be a backlash from some of our readers.

And it always starts with a letter. We have a liberal letters policy here at the Times. We encourage our readers to express their opinions. It is a sacred right and one we’ve fought wars to protect.

By running a diversity of letters we hope to better reflect our community. Sometimes that means publishing letters that prompt strong emotions from our readers.

To be sure, the letter expressed an extreme view, and one nobody here at the Times shares. To ask readers “not to shoot the messenger” in this incident seems trite. We have a responsibility to our readers and we don’t take that lightly. You’ve responded and we are grateful for the feedback.

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