Writing a Letter to the Editor

"Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free."  - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address. Editors typically confirm authenticity of a letter before publishing it. You can request to have your personal information withheld from the publication.
  • Keep your entry to two or three paragraphs. The average length for letters to the editor is 200-250 words. Be sure to conform to your paper's specifications for word length.
  • If you are responding to a previously published piece, cite the title and date it was published. This helps readers understand the context of your comments.
  • State your views clearly. If your letter is concise, it has a higher potential for being published.
  • Proofread your letter. Editors look for well-written, grammatically correct submissions.

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Twenty years ago President Clinton signed a law creating Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), better known as sweeping welfare reform grounded in work requirements. In 1996, 531,000 adults and children collected cash payments. Today the program enrolls just 167,018. That's proof work is our ...