No one can say Sarah Palin wasn't reading the local papers – down to every last letter to the editor on every last topic.
On July 26, 2008, when Palin noticed a letter in the Anchorage Daily News that briefly criticized her for not attending the Miss Alaska pageant, she took action. Palin appears to write a response and then goes looking for someone else to send the letter, or one like it, to the paper.
The governor's response to the writer, Judy Spry, is written in the third person and begins "Dear Editor." In it, Palin notes that she's a supporter of the pageant system – a former Miss Congeniality, in fact – and that she was swamped with official business. She not only taped a video greeting for the event but Todd Palin "left commercial fishing early this season to keep his commitment judge."
Palin sends the letter to aides saying, "I'm looking for someone to correct the letter writer's goofy comments, but don't want the letter to ADN in response to come from me."