Editorial: Shorter still is better


We've long known, though we too frequently forget, that messages of few words can be potent.

Every now and then, one of our correspondents sends us a letter that succinctly reminds us of that. A case in point is George Hipkin's letter at the bottom of this page. It delivers a powerful message. For many years on this page, there was a note limiting letter writers to 300 words along with the message that "shorter letters were invariably better read."

It was true years ago and it's true now, even though we occasionally need to be reminded of that.

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