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Dear Editor,

You just couldn’t help yourself, could you? You wrote a decent column on Jimmy Carter and then had to ruin it by taking a cheap shot at Ronald Reagan, one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had…

Reagan saved the country and probably the world by destroying the Soviet Union, but all you can do is take cheap shots at him.

Why? Because Carter is a Democrat and President Reagan is a Republican? Here’s a question for you, homes. Have you ever said anything good about a Republican?

I don’t think so.

Not your friend,


Dear Editor,

I like the article about Carter but thought you got off script when you started criticizing Reagan. I, like you, voted for Carter, but realized that as an engineer he really wasn't as cognizant of the economic side of the world as he needed to be.

Thus, when I bought my first house during the Carter Administration, I assumed a loan at 12.5% interest. I was going to build one but the interest on the construction loan was going to be almost 20%. This is what brought the Carter administration down.

I, like you, am an admirer of the ex-president, but you, like so many, have to start bringing the political side of things into your writings, which just does a little more to divide our Country.

Reagan is dead and yes, he was a lot different than our former peanut-farming president. Let's leave it at that. We are not going to change the course of history. You may not like what Reagan did, which is fine, and you are entitled to your opinion, but I just don't think when writing about Jimmy Carter that we need to write about other politicians and why you didn't or don't like them.

That is my 50 cents worth.


Dear Editor,

You are an idiot if you think Jimmy Carter, God rest his soul, was a better president than Ronald Reagan. Look at the record, fool.


Dear P.R.,

He ain’t dead yet.

The editor

Dear editor,

Ronald Reagan was right. Government IS the problem.


Dear W.R.,

Until you need it, amirite?

The editor

Dear editor,

You stink.


Dear editor,

Thank you for the wonderful story on J.C. Watkins. He was everything you said he was and more. I agree that he was the most important person in Richmond County’s history.


Dear editor,

I read your tribute on Mr. James Clyde Watkins. Please explain how him throwing you out of the gym – which you admit you broke into – makes him an Uncle Tom, which is what you admit you called him then?


Dear J. K.,

The only excuse I can offer is that I was a knuckle-headed 15-year-old. If it’s any consolation, you should know that not a day has passed since then that I haven't regretted saying that.

The editor

Dear editor,

I love reading the Saunders Report and I am enjoying your two books that my daughter got me for Christmas, but your writing is too one-sided. You think every DemocRAT is good and every Republican is evil. That is not the way it is in real life. There are good and bad in everything and in every political party. I just can’t think of a good DemocRAT off the top of my head.


Dear editor,

You wrote that you started your newspaper career as an obit writer. I hope you wrote obituaries better than you write the crap you put on your website now.

Ever heard of the Peter Principle? I will tell you what it is. It is when a person gets promoted above their level of competency.

You, sir, are a victim of the Peter Principle. You should have stuck with obituaries and leave politics to people who know what they are talking about, because it is obvious you don't now your (expletive deleted) from a hole in the ground.




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Life is way too short to be as bitter as some of your letter writers. Lol. Almost makes me think they may be miserable because they enjoy being miserable.

Mi piace

When I read the responsive (not responsible) letters from haters I wonder why they bother to read your stories at all. Then I realize it is better that they read them, no matter their reaction, than to have never read them at all. Even one soul saved is a good thing.

Mi piace




Meet Barry Saunders

For over 20 years, Barry was a columnist for The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. He also wrote for other publications, such as the Atlanta Constitution and the Richmond County Daily Journal. Often described as powerfully honest and illustratively funny, Barry's writing is both loved and hated by readers- sometimes simultaneously.  


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