Today, we received a letter to the editor, sent via e-mail, with all the pertinent verification information: Name, address, phone number. The email was even a variation on the signed letter-writer’s name.
When I called to verify that letter, I got quite a shock, but not as much of a shock as the guy on the other end of the phone. The gentleman told me that the letter carried his name and was sent from his e-mail, but he didn’t write it. It seems that a heated argument had taken place between him and some houseguests. He saw the letter in his “sent” e-mail box this morning, apparently sent last night while the houseguests were there. He was tracking down our number when I called.
What was the letter about? What else, religion. The gentleman said the opinions expressed in the letter were pretty much the opposite of what he had argued the night before with his houseguest. Talk about wearing out your welcome.
So, if you write (and we hope you do) make sure you include phone numbers where you can be reached during business hours. And sent them here: firstname.lastname@example.org.