I want to congratulate the paper for responding to local criticism focused on letters to the editor.

I have heard many people complain that the same individuals always get their vitriolic letters published. By asking the community to participate in the Town Crier’s letter publishing policy, the paper demonstrated the kind of flexibility and thinking we should all respect and support.

How about it, Idyllwild, can we stand up and say “Thank you” when someone makes a move to respond to us? Perhaps you can tell them privately if you don’t want to publish your response.

Renate Caine

Editor’s note: Ms. Caine writes a monthly column for the Town Crier, but she contributed this letter gratis.