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Shaw: Engaging with the readers

Good or bad, Shaw shares feedback he's recently received from readers.

Jim Shaw
Jim Shaw
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Just in time for Independence Day, here’s the latest edition of “Reader Feedback.” Often imitated, never duplicated, it’s the column dedicated to you, the readers. It tells you what readers are saying to me or about me on emails, Facebook or published letters. About 80% of the comments are marvelous. Here are a few of them.

From Karen: “You are the BEST, Jim! Your passion in your writing always makes me think and reflect!”

From Linda: “Thank you for always seeking truth and then not being afraid to write it.”

From John: “Keep on being a passionate and articulate voice of reason and sanity. We need it everywhere!”

From Tracie: “Thank you so much for your article today. Your rational and levelheaded approach is refreshing. Grateful for your voice in our community!”

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I am overwhelmed by these wonderful and touching comments. They mean so much to me. Thanks so much! Now, it’s time to hear from readers who have a different opinion of my work, along with my responses.

From Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig (after my tribute column about Louie Anderson , who had just died): “Jim Shaw is a relic. He should be treated as such.”

Dear Tony, If I am such a relic, why do you keep reading my columns?

From Amanda: “Media is crumbling. Nobody believes you anymore.”

Dear Amanda, As the great Yogi Berra said, “Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore. It’s too crowded.”

From Rollie: “Can’t Shaw find a job on the East Coast?’

Dear Rollie, No.

From Josh: “Who lets this fool post this article?”

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Dear Josh, Who reads it to you?

From Jim: “Your kind of journalism makes me sick. Try the truth sometime.”

Dear Jim, Maybe you can’t handle the truth. Also, I hope you feel better.

From Keith (after my column on housing discrimination in North Dakota against people of color): “I look forward to your comments on, ‘I will only have a Black woman for my VP’ or ‘I will only appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court.’”

Dear Keith, It’s truly a shame that white men have never had the chance in this country to be vice president or serve on the Supreme Court.

From Robert: “Stay home Shaw and write your liberal lunacy blather in your PJ’s.”

Dear Robert, You would love my Woody Woodpecker pajamas.

Keep those comments coming, and stay tuned for the next edition of “Reader Feedback.”

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Shaw is a former WDAY TV reporter and former KVRR TV news director.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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