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ST Forum Letter – A Case of Too Much Editing?

A few days ago, TOC received an email from a member of public who was upset that her letter published in the Straits Times forum page was so heavily edited that it bore little resemblance to her original intent. We publish both the original letter, and the published version below.

According to the letter writer,  "People write into ST forum because there is a 'point' to make, if you find no way of summarizing it without taking out the point, then leave it out!" A case of too much editing? You decide.