McFeely: Here is the column that got writer booted from Fergus Falls newspaper
Editor’s note: Alan Linda was an unpaid contributor to the Fergus Falls Daily Journal for 30 years. His columns also appear in a handful of other newspapers in the region around his hometown of New York Mills, Minn., in Otter Tail County, including the Forum Communications Co.-owned Perham Focus.
Linda’s column was canceled by the Daily Journal last week after a piece he wrote made fun of an overweight person who sat next to him on an airplane. Daily Journal editor Tim Engstrom said many readers of the newspaper complained about the column via phone calls, e-mails, Facebook messages and face-to-face meetings.
I have a column on the Journal’s decision coming in Tuesday’s Forum. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis wrote a story and posted it on its web site earlier Monday. The Daily Journal has since removed the link to Linda’s column from its web site, but you can read the column in its entirety at the link below.
Taking notice of the size of people in today’s world
By Alan Linda
Have you noticed the size of people lately? Of course, none of us from the post World War II era can help but notice that kids are a lot taller these days. But people in general are bigger. Wider. Thicker. Got huge belts. No holes left in them. Okay, I give up. I’m trying real hard here not to use the F word.
Fat! Not that other F word. Although this one’s bad enough.
I was on an airplane not too long ago, seated on one of three seats. Guess who my seat partners were? The one on my left was so big, I couldn’t get the arm rest down. If he didn’t weigh 300-plus pounds, then I don’t weigh 165 pounds.