Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 5, No. 5. July 2, 1942
[Letter to Salient from J.G. Read, July 2, 1942]
In the first issue for this year you deliberately waste two inches of valuable news space with the command "Write for 'Salient.'" There is no request at all—just the typical totalitarian fanatic's fascism.
In the second issue a good editorial appeared on Army Education. I replied early in May. No letters were published in the third copy, probably due to the terrific scoop on "Truth" and Mr. Hislop.
The fourth issue again demands articles, this time with the words "Salient' is Your Paper" squeezed in—a little compromise on behalf of the fascist bouncers on "Salient's" staff. There are three [unclear: paltry] letters, occupying eight inches, to the Editor which in effect [unclear: say nothing] (with the exception of the last), which, strange to say, are published. Eight inches . . . paper shortage.
Frankly . . . [unclear: hieratical] policy of the literary staff . . . "Salient" purports to be—"An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria" ... I will [unclear: cease] to take it.
I would regret this step, as I feel every student should not only say "Salient," but also write for it.
Trusting that this effort will shake the egocentrism and [unclear: schizoneia] (lack of contact with students and with facts) from the communist-propagating "Salient" staff.
J. G. READ.
[It is regretted that this letter had to be abridged drastically to bring it near the 100-word limit on letters.]