These letters were posted in the comments here and I understand they were both printed in this week's Tribune.
A full apology from Mr. Shenckler, Mr. Nussbaum, Mr. Kim and Congressman Ackerman is required for the shameful use of a newspaper's front page to promote the character assassination of an honest candidate like Mr. Halloran by applying a jaundiced cast to his personal religious beliefs.
I would not see fit to inject opponent Kim's religion into a political race unless, for example, its practitioners sacrificed children!
As you've recently indicated in your counter editorial Mr. Schenkler...a newspaper's job is to defend the peoples' right to know.
I'm in full agreement with a news gathering organization's protection under the first amendment which guarantees one of our most important rights...freedom of speech!
However, you should now stand up and take it like men.
Admit that you were walking on thin ice when you mixed reporting with advertising.
Print a retraction!
And candidate Kim...if you expect anyone to trust or vote for you...a public apology to your fellow candidate Mr. Halloran is due immediately!
You cannot get off the hook simply by denying your connection to or knowledge of what your advertising agency "Multi Media" was doing on your behalf.
As a former ad agency executive who assisted working on Robert F. Kennedy's political campaign I can assure all of you readers that the client approves all of his advertising and public relations strategies beforehand.
Accept responsibility Mr. Kim or risk losing the race.
Let's all keep this a clean fight and may the best man win.
Why the focus?
Why is Michael Schenkler surprised about Dan Halloran's sudden change of heart on promoting Asatru-Theodism? After being ridiculed as a "Pagan Lord" on the front page of this newspaper, Halloran took down his religious website/blog and changed his religion status on Facebook. Perhaps Halloran took down his website so that the local press would focus more on the platform of his candidacy, than his personal beliefs.
The "Pagan Lord" headline hits a sensitive nerve, because even today, pagans are still widely associated with violence, witchcraft and Halloween, after centuries of persecution by Christian authorities in Europe.
Only a generation ago, it was still acceptable to ridicule gays in public. Today, gay candidates like Danny Dromm and Jimmy van Bramer are widely respected, and nobody in the press peeps into their personal lives. So why is Halloran given a hard time?
Yes, let's please focus on the issues. Like why Kevin Kim would choose a man who was a convicted crony of Donald Manes and a smut peddler to run his campaign. Maybe Mr. Kim can also explain why about 95% of his campaign contributions come from outside the district where he is running. Can't wait for the answers.