Have a strong feeling about something you read? Write a letter to the editor. Letters exist to provide a forum for public comment or debate. A letter to the editor is meant to express your opinion or point of view about an article you have read from a news organization or website.
Include: your full name, school name & state, the headline & date of the article on which you are commenting
Letters may be edited for length, grammar and accuracy. (See additional guidelines below.)
To send a letter to the editor of any online news organization, the email address for the Letters Editor can generally be found under “Contact Us” at the bottom of the home page.
GUIDELINES FOR LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
In your email, use the following format:
To the Editor: (If writing directly to the writer, substitute Dear Mr./Ms. ___)
Re: “headline” and date of article
Your full name
Your phone # (Only if requested by news organization)
Read several letters from the site you are writing to for an idea of the types of letters that the editors print.
Sample letter from the Dallas Morning News:
Re: “For Ebola, Obama abandons usual wait-and-see approach – President cleared schedule, named czar in response,” Monday news story.
The surgeon general of the U.S. is the operational head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and thus the leading spokesman on matters of public health in the federal government of the United States.
So would someone explain to me why Rear Adm. Boris D. Lushniak, acting surgeon general, is not the White House point man for Ebola? Is it because President Obama has no confidence in him or feels the acting surgeon general and staff aren’t qualified to coordinate between the various federal public health departments and agencies, NIH, CDC, etc., and speak for the White House?
Apparently, Obama believes we need an “Ebola czar” to speak for him. For some reason appointing Ron Klain as the czar reeks of political favoritism and pandering to the Democratic base and is not in the public’s health interests.
John E., Wilmer, TX
Sample letter from The Denver Post:
Re: “Proposed Colorado marijuana edibles ban shows lingering pot discord”
It seems hard to believe that many forms of edible marijuana are made to look like candy and treats that children often eat, yet the public is supposed to believe that the marijuana industry isn’t marketing to the youth. It has been reported that nine children have been treated at local hospitals after ingesting marijuana edibles. Further, one college student jumped off of a balcony after eating a cookie that contained marijuana. Now, parents are being warned more than ever before to check their children’s Halloween candy, suggesting that if they see anything that looks unfamiliar or strange, it could be a form of edible marijuana and should be thrown out. For these reasons and for the health and safety of all youth in Colorado, banning edible marijuana seems like the clear choice.
MC, Lakewood, CO
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