Letters to the editor are great advocacy tools. They allow you to reach a large audience, shed light on information perhaps not addressed in an article, shift support for an issue, and make an impression on a representative who reads the publication.

Quick Pointers:

  • Letters to the editor should be no more than 150 words.
  • Please keep the letters as short and to the point as possible. 
  • Target the letter with only one issue.  There is not enough space to write about multiple issues.  When finished writing the letter, be sure to sign it with your name and town of residence. 

Stylistic considerations:  

  • State the argument you're rebutting or responding to as briefly as possible in the letter's introduction.  
  • Your letter should be logically organized. State why you are writing your letter first, then back up your beliefs with personal examples and facts. 
  • Don't be shrill or abusive.  Editors tend to discard letters containing personal attacks.
  • Use facts and numbers when possible and make sure those are correct. 
  • Always use personal examples when possible. This gives the reader a better reason why they should listen to your viewpoint.  "As a patient of Planned Parenthood..." will resonate with readers and have them sympathize with your view.  It will also give more credence to your credibility.  
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