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'My letters are the greatest,' says author of letter to the editor

The letter appeared under the heading, "My letters are so great." [Christopher Spata | Times]
The letter appeared under the heading, "My letters are so great." [Christopher Spata | Times]
Published Aug. 8, 2016

A Hillsborough man is getting attention on social media outside of Tampa Bay for his "fabulous" letter writing skills. In fact, you might call him the the greatest letter writer of all time —he certainly would.

Terry Vaught's letter appeared in today's Tampa Bay Times among the other "weak, soft" letters to the editor, though, when asked, the Dover man felt it should have more prominently displayed, "obviously."

Here's the full letter that appeared under the headline "My letters are so great."

I write fabulous letters. If you read all the letters I have written, you would agree. You would love them. Other letter writers are weak, soft and out of touch. I'm not like that, and I'm sure if you are reading this you aren't either.

This paper really needs great letters, and I am awesome at letter writing.

Other letter writers might attack me, but then they go away. They don't have what it takes to keep writing great letters. I have what it takes to write the best letters. Letter writers who disagree need to be punched in the face and run out of town.

I guarantee this letter will be picked as letter of the month. If it isn't picked, it will prove that this letter writing contest is rigged.

Was Vaught trying to channel anyone in his letter, which was shared thousands of times from media blogger Jim Romenesko's* Facebook page?

"I think that's obvious, but I'm disappointed that part of it was edited," he said when reached by phone. "I also wrote, 'My letters are so great I'm going to build a wall and put my letters on them. Then I'll get the other letter writers to pay for building the wall.'"

He also said his letter should have been chosen as the Letter of the Month for August, even though it's only Aug. 7 and the Letter of the Month isn't picked until the end of the month.

"Of course it should have been, what do you think? I'm the best letter writer of them all," he said, through his own laughter, before hanging up.

* Editor's note: This story has been edited to reflect the correct spelling of Jim Romenesko's name.


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