I hate the herald....
Everyone write letters to the editor about your positive experiences -- and maybe correct them by informing them of loaded carry with a permit.
EDIT: Great reply Swilden!
EDIT #2: My response:
First I would like to thank you for recognizing an individuals right to keep and bear arms, even if that individual chooses to do so openly.
I Open Carry most of the time that I am not at work and I have found that the vast majority of people never even notice. Most of those who do notice don't say anything and don't run out of the store screaming and calling 911. Those who choose to say something are, without exception (in my experience) asking out of curiosity and not concern.
I recognize that there are situations when concealing my firearm is more appropriate, such as wedding receptions or other formal events, and I do conceal when necessary. I have a Concealed Firearms Permit, so I can hide it if I want, but there are many who do not have permits that cannot be denied their right to Keep and Bear Arms.
It may also be important to note that Permit holders may Open Carry loaded firearms and are not bound by the "unloaded" restrictions.
I carry a firearm to protect myself and those I love, I carry it openly in a spirit of activism and education. I never holster my sidearm with an attitude of aggression or machismo.
In response to Woody's immature name calling and accusations: I am 6'5" and drive a small scooter (not a big truck). I was not picked on as a child. I am very peaceful and go out of my way to avoid any confrontations. All who have met me have found me to be courteous and polite, as I have found the majority of my fellow Open Carriers to be.