This Labor Day marks just the beginning of the third week of classes at UNC. In those three weeks, The Daily Tar Heel has received over 100 letters to the editor.
For reference, on Labor Day of last year, when I was starting out as the assistant opinion editor, I struggled to find enough letters to fill the two columns' worth of space on the page. Now, my assistant Zaynab and I have more than our hands full of community opinions, thoughts and feelings.
We read all of these letters, archive them, fact-check them and, eventually, print them. Almost all of the letters that have flooded our inbox concern the issue of Silent Sam, the Confederate memorial on our campus.
When Editor-in-Chief Tyler and I were working out the details of an all-letters issue of the DTH, he was worried that the letters would be repetitive, or monotonous. However, each letter came independently from a reader who took time out of their day to share their perspective with us. Of course, no two perspectives are the same. I hope you find the surprises in the bunch, the letters you can relate to and the ones you instinctively want to reject. That's okay. In fact, that's great. You can write us a response and I promise you that we'll get to it.
Today's front-page archival letter "'Silent Sam' should leave" from student Al Ribak was first printed in March of 1965.