Introduction: You have to have some thick skin to work on the internet. The things people might think but never have the courage to say to your face in person are somehow permitted on the web. As a writer who critiques other people’s work, whether it’s a TV show or a live concert or a book, I am open to feedback and criticism. It comes with the territory. But it’s rare that someone takes the time to send you something like this. It reminded me of the Jennifer Livingston situation recently, and how the news anchor answered the viewer who sent her a “helpful” message about her weight on air. So in response to this email I recieved tonight, here’s an open letter I’ll be sending to [email protected] Dear Jamie (if that is your real name), Props to you for still using Hotmail....
Dear Bishop Welby Congratulations on your being appointed the new Archbishop of Canterbury. I hope you run the Church of England with wisdom and tolerance. I understand that you favour the ordination of women bishops, are in favour of gay marriages, but also don’t want to ride roughshod over the feelings of the old guard. Tricky! I have an odd request. Can you please consider the position of atheists like me? I guess your first response might be… why? Well, it seems you are a tolerance man, and presumably respect religious convictions of those who are not in the Church of England, where they don’t directly contradict the teachings of the C of E or the laws of the state. Can you do the same for those of us who have thought about believing in something for which there is no or little...
Dear Barack Obama, It's Sophia Bailey Klugh. Your friend who invited you to dinner. You don't remember okay that's fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other. But at school kids think that it's gross and weird but it really hurts my heart and feelings. So I come to you because you are my hero. If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other, and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do? Please respond! I just wanted to say you really inspire me, and I hope you win on being the president. You would totally make the world a better place. Your friend Sophia P.S. Please tell your daughters Hi for me!
Dear Starbucks For the past several years I have been having my daily boost of Starbucks coffee, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. It costs me dearly, easily £120 in a single month. To get this £120 I have to earn at least £200 and only after the tax man gotten hold of their 25% of my already pretty poor income, I can spend that money on your delicious coffees. I like Starbucks. It's clean, appears ethical and makes good coffee. So I felt almost ashamed for you when I read in a London newspaper, that despite your billions of UK turnover, you pay next to no tax. Suddenly, your ethical coffee farming makes me think if it is really what it appears to be. I understand very little about taxation laws and loopholes, but I am on PAYE so there is little I can do to...