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We've got mail: 'Postbag' letter men open up

Burin Kantabutra, Eric Bahrt and Dom Dunn are familiar names to 'PostBag' readers and can be at times thought-provoking and infuriating. 'Brunch' interviewed these three prolific writers to get to know the people behind the posts

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Often infuriating and occasionally illuminating, the section of the newspaper that often draws the most visceral response from readers is the letters to the editor column. 

Here we have one of the most tried and true formats in the history of newspaper publishing: an open forum where "ordinary" people can vent their spleens on the issues of the day, often inviting responses, responses to those responses and so on in a cycle that ensures the section is rarely tough to fill.

But while for most the letters column offers a one-off chance to sound off about, say, the deteriorating state of taxi service in the city or _ shock, horror _ casual everyday corruption, there are a select few who have carved out identities all their own through this forum. These contributors, through consistency and longevity, often attain name recognition akin to that of paid columnists.

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