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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.
- 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 Press Tribune (Nampa)
The Times-News (Twin Falls)
For more information, feel free to contact any one of the people on our contact page.