Make Your Voice Heard! Send a Letter to the Editor
Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper alerts the general public to what's happening in the federal, state, and local government. Although publication policies vary, the following advice applies to most newspapers:
Keep your letter brief. Many newspapers will not consider letters longer than 200-300 words (1 to 1-1/2 typed pages, double spaced). Type your letter if you can; many editors won't read letters that are not typed.
Keep to the point. If you are responding to a news story or editorial, you don't need to give many background details. You may want to start by saying, "In response to your (DATE) editorial regarding …"
State your views quickly and in an organized way. Use a simple, conversational tone.
Be sure to use facts that will support your points to ensure that your letter is informative and useful to readers.
Be polite, even when you disagree.
Give your full name, address, and daytime telephone number. Anonymous letters generally are not published, though upon request, some editors may withhold the name of the letter writer
Don't get discouraged if your letter is not printed the first time. Editors receive countless letters, and they simply don't have room to print them all.
Your persistence will pay off. If your letter is published, consider sending the newspaper clipping to your elected representatives as well. This is a good way to show them that your views are getting public attention.