Cape Cod Times ombudsman column available online

In his column on Sunday, Times ombudsman Dick LeGrand describes the paper's policies on letters to the editor.

"It's true - only some of the letters-to-the-editor received by this paper are published," wrote LeGrand, who began working as the first ombudsman for Times in January. "Many are not. Why is that, some of you asked, and what's the reason? Are editors trying to stack the letters column?

"The answer is no. I took a look at how the letters are handled and why decisions are made, and here's what I found."

A good call on LeGrand's part - at least from the perspective of this former Times reporter who fielded all too many angry calls about letters that were or were not published, all too often from people with a conspiratorial view of the world. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on