... is online here. This one went all meta, because the second Letter Writer actually had a question about bad advice columnists. Whoa! She didn't name names, unfortunately--I was curious! My recommendation:
There aren't any qualifications required to write an advice column, and there shouldn't be--except to be a decent person. If someone is clearly and repeatedly failing in that respect, get out the (rhetorical) pitchforks and torches, and see if you can't get the publisher to find a new Answer Person ...
You can also respond online in the comments sections, which isn't going to change Answer Jerk's mind, but may change the mind of other readers. Many advice columnists have extremely active comments sections. In fact, there is one online columnist whose actual advice I almost never read--only the questions and the reader responses, which make it clear I'm not the only one who does that.
What other advice columnists do you read, dear readers? Who do you like and dislike? Dish in the comments!
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