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Guidelines for Letters to the Editor

 

Unified Newspaper Group is proud to offer a venue for public debate and welcomes letters to the editor, provided they comply with our guidelines.

Letters should be no longer than 400 words. They should also contain contact information – the writer's full name, address, and phone number – so that the paper may confirm authorship. Unsigned or anonymous letters will not be printed under any circumstances.

The editorial staff of Unified Newspaper Group reserves the right to edit letters for length, clarity and appropriateness. Letters with libelous or obscene content will not be printed.

Unified Newspaper Group generally only accepts letters from writers with ties to our circulation area.

Letters to the editor should be of general public interest. Letters that are strictly personal – lost pets, for example – will not be printed. Letters that recount personal experiences, good or bad, with individual businesses will not be printed unless there is an overwhelming and compelling public interest to do so. Letters that urge readers to patronize specific businesses or specific religious faiths will not be printed, either. “Thank-you” letters can be printed under limited circumstances, provided they do not contain material that should instead be placed as an advertisement and reflect public, rather than promotional interests.

Language, quotations, facts and research that are contained in a letter but come from another source should be attributed. Plagiarized material will not be published. Chain letters will not be printed, nor will letters already published in another newspaper or magazine.

Political endorsements and other election letters must be submitted by the deadlines announced in Unified Newspaper Groups publications and website. Generally, this is about two weeks before the relevant election. Other special rules apply during election season.

Unified Newspaper Group encourages lively public debate on issues, but it reserves the right to limit the number of exchanges between individual letter writers to ensure all writers have a chance to have their voices heard.

Click here to submit a letter.