The last time I wrote about my mail in this space, it was in the form of a letter to an anonymous letter writer. Alas, it was the one time in my four years as editor of the magazine that the printer dropped my signature from Editor's Note. Purely an accident (although an accident that got the person at the plant responsible fired, I was horrified to find out later). The Editor's Note that appeared the following week was, you may well imagine, a study in groveling apology.
But, undaunted, here I go again.
First, I do try to respond to each and every piece of mail -- maybe not always as quickly as I'd like to, but I do my best. (It helps if you include your address on the letter itself, not just the envelope.) Second, I try to get at least a part of all the coherent and non-anonymous letters I receive into the magazine's Letters to the Editor column. But don't look for them right away: Our lead time on the magazine is a month or so, and that's assuming I have space for letters every week, which I don't.
A postscript to those readers who got letters from me about six weeks ago saying I'd like to print their letters and who haven't seen them appear. Time for me to do some more groveling: They were thrown out by mistake. (No, not by me, but I do apologize.)