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Voice: Kofford columns no more than filler

April 12, 2001

Almost anyone old enough to have attended school when discipline still existed, ADD had not been invented and the prevalent curriculum was not trivial pursuit knows that newspapers use some articles called "fillers."

"Filler" we were told while doing mock-up at our school paper should contain useful or interesting if not necessarily newsworthy information.

The Imperial Valley Press obviously uses filler in its composition. The problem is that a good portion of the I.V. Press filler is written by Bret Kofford and it fails the useful or interesting test, much less newsworthy. It generally seems to consist of words removed from a dictionary at random interspersed with an occasional complete sentence expressing some derogatory opinion about something or someone in a manner apparently intended to be humorous.

I know the Press has to exercise cost management like any other business but this material must cost something and the space is still essentially devoid of content.

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C.R. WAEGNER

El Centro

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