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Write a Letter to the Editor

Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, or one of the newspapers listed below, to:

  • Express your thoughts an opinions. Tell of examples of your experience in the Owyhee Canyonlands, and what they mean to you personally.
  • Clarify the record on an issue after a misleading, biased or inaccurate letter or news story.
  • Respond to other editorials.
  • Rebut a news or feature story.
  • Raise local public awareness of issues central to the campaign.
  • Furnish insights about the Owyhee Initiative bill not being adequately covered by your local newspaper.
Letters should:
  • Be brief, clear and to the point
  • Be two to three paragraphs (200-250 words), depending your paper’s length requirements
  • Written in plain speech so people understand, but use your own words
  • Be accurate (if you use facts and figures, double-check that they are correct!)
  • State your side of the issue—don’t repeat a negative and give the other side of the argument more attention
  • Respond to a negative with your positive argument

Be sure to:

  • Include your address and phone number for verification purposes
  • Keep trying if your letter isn't printed immediately
  • Many newspapers now have e-mail and fax capabilities. Find out their address or fax number and use iit--this is the fastest way to deliver a letter
  • Most importantly, don't forget to sign your letter. Newspapers will not print a letter unless it is signed.

Again, it is important to remember that your voice can make a difference. Don't be afraid to let your views be heard in your community.

Idaho Statesman

Boise Weekly

Owyhee Avalanche

Idaho Press Tribune (Nampa)

The Times-News (Twin Falls)

For more information, feel free to contact any one of the people on our contact page.