So what to do about this? Submit no further pieces? Follow up with the regular OpEd editor, who had happened to be away at the time?
I have been publishing pieces for more than 40 years. I feel that I have earned my spurs, so to speak, to have my writing left alone. Editors, in turn, feel that dealing with copy is within their purview. Both viewpoints are legitimate. The key is in finding a match.
This one is being put to the test.
Stuart Deane lives in Newburyport.