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Before writing your Letter to the Editor, check out specific guidelines to the newspaper you will be writing to for word limits and style. Then, follow these simple rules:
1) Keep your letter short (200-300 words) - they are more likely to be printed.
2) State your main point clearly in the first paragraph. (If you feel 2-3 paragraphs is not enough to express your views, consider writing a guest editorial instead.)
3) Keep it on a personal level, and be sure that it is timely.
4) Always identify yourself - be sure to include your full name, address and phone number so that you can be contacted and the letter can be verified. (You may request this info not be included when the letter is published.)