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How-to: Letters to the Editors

Original post made by Just me, another community, on Oct 9, 2008

Dear Dolores,

An often asked question requests an outline for writing letters to you and other editors that will gain readership and consideration. I often recommend direct contact to you by telephone and suggest that you have offered assistance to authors in writing letters, news releases and guest articles.

At these critical times, with a financial crisis consuming global wealth, authors wish to write commentary on the importance of our in-depth consideration of our ballot selections. More importantly, such authors want to demand candidates and proponents fully present their critical evaluations of our issues in local, county, state, national and global issues.

A newsworthy letter has the following components in less than 200 words:

A topic sentence that states clearly the purpose of the letter and invites interest by the readers.

Two or three sentences that summarize issues that provoked the letter writing.

A paragraph that details the issues' impact on the reader.

A paragraph that offers possible resolve.

A closing sentence that requests an action.

Possibly, Dolores, in your very well-written editorials you could outline how letters are the voice of the people and provide an author's guide to format and style.

Just me

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Posted by Dolores Fox Ciardelli
a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm

We welcome letters that comment on stories we've run or on any issue of local interest. Our word limit is 250. If you have a more lengthy commentary, the Danville Weekly also runs Guest Opinions.

E-mail me at with Letters to the Editor, Guest Opinion ideas, or with comments just for the staff. For letters to be printed, we need your name, street address and daytime telephone for our records, atlhough we just run your name and town in the paper.


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Thank you, Dolores,

I would hope that many neighbors that are working together to pursue community throughout our region would consider guest article and letters to illustrate this very positive effort.

Best wishes,


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