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On Jan. 5, NU’s Online News Service reported that Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland had named a member of the Columbus City Council, Mary Jo Hudson, to be the new insurance director. Pretty routine, right? Well, we blew it by headlining the story, “Ohio Gets First Openly Gay Insurance Director,” and by making that the thrust of the story.

We received a few angry letters from readers (a sample appears below this posting) challenging the relevance of Ms. Hudson’s sexual preference as far as regulating insurance goes. Those readers are absolutely right.

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