I am writing in response to the article published Feb. 27, titled "Racism remains alive, thriving at ISU."
Regarding the recent publishing of offensive material, I would like to remind the Iowa State Daily that it is your responsibility, as a student-run newspaper, to ensure that each and every one of your readers are not offended by anything you publish. You have a duty as a media outlet to know that your readers are unique and have very diverse tastes and preferences, and you must please all of them.
We choose to read your paper because we want to agree with everything you print. If we don't, then it is your job to fix it. Freedom of the press, as guaranteed by our Constitution, means "press is free to adhere to every demand set forth by its consumers." Nothing less is acceptable. To publish differing opinions and new ideas is not what this country was founded upon.
As a reader I demand that you maintain a list of all possibly offensive terms and check every single word in your paper before it is sent to print. In all media, typos and other editing accidents are essentially illegal and also very offensive to English teachers.
You should additionally be required to determine or even invent newly-offensive words that will also be immediately banned from publication. Failure to meet these requirements is intolerable. In everyday conversation, no one uses any offensive words, even jokingly, and your organization should be no different.
I also sternly request that you dedicate a daily section of your paper to posting an updated list of these offensive terms and their meanings, so that readers will be aware of everything that may be offensive to anyone, and so that they may share this knowledge with those they may overhear irresponsibly using such terms. Thank you for your cooperation.