Letters to the Editor / Opinion Pieces
Letters to the editor are an additional way to reach local legislators as well as influence public opinion. There is an easy online form with instructions at http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorial. They will call to confirm that it was you that submitted before they publish.
Letter writing tips:
- Refer to a current event, published article, legislative initiative to make the letter topical.
- Assume the reader has no previous knowledge of the issue.
- Prioritize just one or two points to make (150 word limit).
- Take a clear stand - it is an opinion piece.
Examples by HCC below.
Longer "guest writer" opinion pieces are also an option (500-600 words) but face a higher standard of scrutiny. Example by HCC below.