Note: The notes and
letters below are verbatim copies of those sent either to Don Jordan or to the
editor of the Herald-Times. A growing number of readers have cancelled their subscriptions
to this newspaper.
I will miss your insightful
and direct columns. The HT continues to try to take every bit of quality out of
the paper. I don't know how it could get much worse! Maybe if they devoted even
more space to entertainment! They certainly don't won't too much controversial
or meaningful. I hope you continue to write for other news sources in Bloomington...I
think you know what I mean.
Doug Davis 8/26/07
Bob (Zaltsberg, Editor of Bloomington Herald-Times),
I'm writing to express
my dismay and disappointment that the H-T will be dropping Don Jordan's column.
Both in terms of quality of writing and of substantive content, Jordan's column
was, in my opinion, unsurpassed among the columns the paper runs, including those
by nationally syndicated writers. His vita also indicates that there are few if
any other folks working or writing for the H-T who are more qualified for their
Mr. Jordan's column was an important draw for me to the "Lifestyle"
section of the paper. I would very much like to see the decision reversed to discontinue
John Clower 8/26/07
I am furious that Bob Zaltsburg and the H-T are discontinuing
I have submitted a letter to the editor concerning such. I'm
outdoorsman, so it is not those topics that bring me to your column
Sunday. It is the impact that idiot decisions within the state of Indiana
or even the feds and large, lobbying organizations make that so affect our
I despise what the H-T has become in the last
3 years and it's time for a
I do hope that you
get people to 'scream and yell' so that they reconsider.
It took months and
months of such effort to bring back Peter Jacobi. I only
hope that there are
enough environmentalists who yell as loudly as the
classical music followers
in the community.
I wish you well and thank you for all these
years of informed writing.
Meg Lindeman 8/26/07
Although I'm not a hunter I appreciated your columns in
the H.T. that alerted us to threats to the environment. Thanks for digging those
stories out and bringing them to our attention. And thanks for sharing your deep
love for the outdoors with the H.T. readers. I'm envious of all your outdoor adventures
and travels. Now if you want to write about some real wildlife, how about them
roller babes? Opps, my wife is looking over my shoulder...
Don, I was sorry to read that your outspoken
stance for conservation
has cost you your job at the Herald Times. I am not
an sportswoman or
outdoorsman (hunter, or otherwise) but I do care about our
environment. I learned of the "canned hunts" in your column, and
can't belief that they will be allowed to continue. I hope you find
ways to continue speaking out for your beliefs.
Sincerly, a reader
in Mitchell, Indiana.
Your column is my favorite
thing to read in the paper, however before I had a chance to read it this morning
my brother called me with the bad news. I had to email you and tell you how I
feel that you got the shaft and also how much I have appreciated and enjoyed your
take on the many interests we share.
If my email address sounds
familiar to you it's because I am the guy who told you to check out the BassPro
website about their future plans to open the Clarksville store. You may remember
putting the information off their website in a column before the store opened
and you thanked Dr bluegill in your article, as I recall.
so pissed that your not going to be in my Sunday paper anymore. I feel like I've
lost a friend. Just yesterday I fished lake Griffy for 'gills of course, and I
always give you credit for making me aware that the lake even existed. I live
in Bedford and my brother and I attended your seminar at the Bedford public library
some years ago. As a very serious panfisherman I have always been thankful for
your deep respect and love of fishing for bluegill and redear. I too am friends
with Mark Fish and frequently use his Fish-n-Spin lures.
so you know I haven't particularly enjoyed the new fellers writing. I'm also thinking
of cancelling my subscription to the paper that I have bought for around 30 years.
I read the "other" column today and told my wife I don't even like the
guy's viewpoint on secret fishing holes. I made the mistake a time or two of telling
someone else about my hotspot. Well I don't have to tell you that when I caught
that same guy there fishing out my honeyhole with someone else I was pissed. This
after all the time that went into locating a good place to catch monster 'gills
and being told he would keep it to himself. I know if you would tell everyone
where that secret little lake in Worthington is that you and Tony fish it would
soon be fished out. What a moron to think it's fine for him to take others back
to his friends honeyhole. What a stupid f------ article to write, not educational,
nothing in it for an avid fisherman.
Well in closing I wanted
say as always your article today was great and I think you did a fine job of saying
just exactly what was needed to be said. Your editor probably don't know crap
about the outdoors, and therefore don't realize how good your column was. He probably
goes on those canned hunts (if his wife will let him). I'm gonna shut up now but
feel free to forward this to your ex-employer if you so desire. My spelling and
punctuation may not be totally correct but I don't have nearly the writing skills
that you have. Damn, what a sad day, hope I can sleep. Good luck with all of your
future endeavors. I'll check your website now and then or you can reply to me
on the web if you are so inclined. Sincerely, Terry Deckard.
I am disappointed that your column is ending. I was a devoted reader of your
column for years. Your column shouldn't be the one thats put out to pasture.
Trails by Mr. Allison has been a real disappointment to me in the last few years.
Brandon Butler's column is okay if a person is solely devoted to fishing. I thought
your column brought in all aspects of hunting and fishing. I was glad that you
promoted the FISH-N-SPIN of my good buddy Mark Fish. You didn't have to that do
that. Mark is just a small time operation, but he was proud of your endorsement.
I had the pleasure of meeting you a couple of years ago when I waited on you at
Marsh Pharmacy on Kinser Pike. I can tell you that this section of the Sunday
paper will not be the same. I wish something could be done, but I'm sure the decision
is final. I know you will be allright with your talented writing ability. I hope
you have many more outdoor memories to share in the future. Take Care!
A Loyal Reader
Chris King 8/26/07
they canned you. I can't believe it. You probably weren't Liberal enough in your
views like a communist like Mike Lenard. This newspaper refuses to believe that
conservatives and conservatism is NOT dying out just because Liberals are getting
louder voices and more prominent in public media.
I would like the Bloomington
audience to hear more about this. I would like to get you onto Outdoors Today.
It is a one-hour call in radio hunting and fishing talk show on AM 1370 WGCL on
Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 7pm put on by Buddy Bill of Buddy Bill's Bait Barn.
They have a variety of guests anywhere of fishing guides to DNR, Sycamore Land
Trust, Dept of Parks and Rec, etc.
I will be calling the show Tuesday
night to ask their opinion of the paper dropping you and to ask them to have you
Will you be keeping this email address or is it newspaper related?
I was schocked and saddend to hear
of your leaving the HT. You have done a good service to outdoors and to the people
who love it for many, many years! The concept of loyalty is unknown to some people.
Also sorry to hear of you being releived by a phone call and because of someone
on the inside.
Good luck with your future endeavors. Hope to be reading you
again soon somewhere.
Ken Hydinger 8/26/07
, although I never written I certainly had thought about it . Guess its to late
now . However I wanted you to know I enjoyed your columns and wonder who will
speak up for us who are the silent majority on the very issues that you fight
for. Thanks for all you have done.........Jim Southerland. 8/26/07
I was really sorry to read your column yesterday and learn that it
was your last for the H-T. You certainly are to be thanked for tackling so many
important issues, from PCB contamination to "deer farming". I would
hope that your well-informed and straight shooting pieces will continue to find
an outlet via outdoor magazines, etc. Thanks for making the H-T much better over
these many years.
Bob Meier, Bloomington 8/27/07
was dismayed that the Hoosier Times let you go. And, it's especially gutless to
do it by phone. Seems as though that's the way the world is going. Common courtesy
and fair play are generally a thing of the past, gone with our parents' generation.
Rest assured that your " tell it like it is" reporting was refreshing
and on target and that is how your readers will remember you. During my career,
I learned early to build support for my work by joining forces with conservation
organizations who could almost instantly barrage weak-kneed politicians and cowardly
unelected "poiiticians" in the government with hundreds of letters and
phone calls protesting against my being moved or fired for trying my best to "save
the dirt." I loved it. And, I respected those organizations for being on
the conservation frontlines. Still belong to 14 of them.
good" old timer and I'm sure you will continue to do so in the future.
Dave Hudak (retired)
U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service 8/27/07
Dear Bob (Zaltsberg)-
was a real disappointment to read yesterday about your decision to terminate Don
Jordan's column. To me, Don's column was a real class act - there was no question
about his commitment to the outdoors and to the preservation of same for future
generations. Brandon's column is just a poor substitute - it's outdoorsman lite
without the conscience.
I'd like you to reconsider your decision
- if it's a matter of space or money, perhaps you could alternate the 2 columns
on a weekly basis. It would be a real shame to squelch a true voice and advocate
for the Southern Indiana outdoors. Please apply some creativity to bring Don's
Peter Gould 8/27/0
back Don Jordan's Inside Outdoors column.
I don't have a problem
with Brandon Butler's Fishing Report. I enjoyed the paper finally having a complete
picture well-rounded outdoor section. Is it about money? Has Don finally passed
the ropes and paid his dues and is finally worth a hefty price for his columns?
Brandon has wonderful insights in his column, but Don generally kept us up to
date on the state of wildlife, fishing, hunting, and regulations statewide as
the state of outdoorsmanship in the state of Indiana.
Don back! Let's change the subject just a little. We recently had some kind of
take over bid by a company to pump water from Lake Monroe to Indianapolis. They
wanted to build a pipeline from the lake to Indianapolis. Lake Monroe is the largest
lake in the state. So at about this time, the paper decides to drop giving us
the lake level and water temperature from daily to once a week. You don't have
room for these 15 words in the sunset picture below the weather.
the staff at the paper play video games when off work and never venture outside?
was devastated to read your last column. Not because I will miss all that hunting
and fishing info, I do neither, nor do I eat meat. But because it seems each day
there is one less voice to speak for issues not somehow related to making a dollar
the lives of wild animals, the relationship between man and nature, the
need for all of us (the whole world, no exceptions) to view each other with care
and understanding. A lot of people ask me why I still believe that world peace
is possible, it is because if I dont believe then it truly is not possible.
If I give up my hopes then I am condoning the fact that so many others have given
I have to admit I had not really followed your column
until I started reading about the appalling issue of canned hunting. After that
I would always at least give it a glance to see what sort of anti-establishment
cause you were supporting. I was proud to see our local newspaper supporting your
column and always hoped to see more.
Dont give up! Keep the
Jane Safford Herr 9/1/07
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 3:35 PM
Subject: Will miss Don Jordan's columns
Sometimes it takes me a week to get through the Sunday paper, so it
was not until today that I read Don Jordans column from last Sunday. He
says that you have decided to discontinue his column and go with Brandon Butler
instead. I have no specific complaints again Brandon Butler, but his columns just
dont keep my interest. Im not a big outdoors-person, so Im not
always inclined to read any columns in the Outdoors section of the paper, yet
almost every single time I begin one of Don Jordans columns, I finish it,
because his style engages me and I learn some valuable things from his content.
Again, Im not trying to knock Brandon Butler, but I think youre making
a mistake to let Don Jordan go.