Why was headline changed on letter to the editor?

Question: On Aug. 13, 2004, I submitted a letter to the Editor. I titled my letter, "Where Is The Personal Responsibility?" The letter was printed Aug. 20. The title was changed to, "Help's available in hard times." I would appreciate knowing why titles are changed and by whom? Changing the title to the letter changed my intended context completely. It is so frustrating to see so many editorials and opinion pieces always blaming "society" and not indicating how many bad choices by individuals lead to difficult times in one's life.

I would like to thank the person who made the appropriate change from "inferring" to the correct "implied" in the last sentence. -- Doris Pannell, Coeur d'Alene

Answer: Headlines are written by our staff as part of the page layout and copy editing process -- just as with news stories, columns and editorials written by staff members. There are a variety of reasons for this, among them the difficulty in making headlines fit the space available. This is standard practice throughout the industry. -- Doug Floyd, editorial page editor

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