Seeks end to writers using irrelevant titles
Can we please stop using the title “Dr.” or degree designation when columnists or letter writers contribute, unless the title and/or degree are a specific indication of expertise on the topic?
This would require dropping it unless the writer indicates in their correspondence the relevance for the degree. For example, a physician has no special knowledge about engineering or politics. A person with a doctorate in English literature would not necessarily have any greater knowledge about immigration policy, as another example.
It is simply a means of separating one’s level of education, which is appropriate only in specific situations. I have seen the letters of several physician colleagues in the Gazette that do not refer to their professional title or degree, and I applaud that.
It is time that we, like many other countries, do not use a degree as means definition except in the context of specific professional or intellectual discussions, and not in the op-ed pages of our newspapers.