To share one's ideas with others is a normal urge, but opportunities are limited. Five thousand letters a week are sent to Boston newspapers but few are printed ( Boston Transcript, July 20). Hundreds of thousands of letters on legislation in prospect are sent Congressmen,--but few reach the public eye (cf recent survey by St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
From Bulletin readers throughout the country hundreds of letters come to me, some confused, some argumentative, as to "the lesser of the two evils for president". It would be unkind to attach the names to their positive views at that time on the burning topics of the hour even though they were used in the Bulletin. Briefly we summarize:--"Well, which is it,--welch with Willkie or ruin with Roosevelt?"--"He's a better anti-war bet than Willkie with the International Bankers backing him"--"Any attempt to prove that Wendell Willkie was put over by the House of Morgan is just pure nonsense"--"Absolutely no tradition against a fourth or fifth term"--"Roosevelt will stop at nothing to destroy those who disagree with him. It is the attitude of a natural born dictator"--"Retaining this outfit in Washington for a third term would certainly be far more dangerous and would result in national calamity".
The press is commented on by many because of its domination and unreliability. "With the incredible inaccuracies and omissions of even our 'respectable' press, the work that you are doing is invaluable."
Dwight L. Bolinger, Washburn College, Topeka, Kansas, writes thoughtfully:--"Skepticism toward the press is more widespread than it has ever been before, but I cannot be so optimistic about our having immunized ourselves against its falsehoods and half-truths. For I have observed repeatedly that those who cry 'damned lies' at the newspapers, in the same breath utter some absurdity, with unsuspecting credence, that they have picked up from those very papers. The pressure of the 'news' is so unremitting and so insidious that we cannot be on our guard against it all the time, with the result that at critical moments we are too liable to act upon the persuasions and suggestions which the agencies of the news have managed to get past our vigilance. The newspapers