Courier-Record Forum is the place where readers voice their
opinions on various issues. Letters must not exceed 250 words. If
your letter exceeds 250 words, we will edit it to meet our space
limitations. If your letter is excessively long, we’ll ask you to
shorten it yourself, and resubmit it.
must include their first and last name, complete address,
and ALL contact telephone numbers where they can be reached,
including cell phone numbers.
We will not publish
any of your phone numbers, or your complete address, but we use this
information to verify the identity and authenticity of letter
writers. We do NOT publish anonymous letters.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Here’s how to get your
letter to the editor published in the Courier-Record.
2.Don’t take cheap shots at private citizens
or private businesses. Public officials and government agencies, and
employees thereof, are fair game.
3. Re-read Rule #1. “Thank
Yous” must be PAID and appear in the Classified Section under “Cards
Of Thanks” or in the regular run of the paper as paid advertising.
4. We don’t have time to try to read scribble. We prefer typewritten
letters that are emailed to us.
5. All letters must include the
writer’s name, complete address, and all contact phone numbers for
verification purposes. Don’t panic...only your name, street, and
town/county will be published. We will NOT publish your phone number
or complete street address.
6. Be brief and to the point. No
more than 250 words. The shorter, the better more folks will read
it. Did we mention no more than 250 words?! Avoid phrases like “I’m
writing because” or “in my opinion.” We know it’s your opinion! It’s
the OPINION page. Just get it off your chest!
7. Your letter
must focus on an issue of general public interest. Letters on LOCAL
issues take top priority. Letters received on Thursdays and Fridays
will receive top consideration, especially if they are brief. The
OPINION page is often the first page made-up each week, so the
sooner we get your letter, the better.
8. All letters are
subject to editing for reasons of legality, taste, grammar, and
9. Email us your letter at:
letter must include ALL contact phone numbers where you can be
10. Get it off your chest! On most weeks, the deadline
for letters to the editor is Mondays, 5:00 p.m.
OH, ONE MORE THING: The Courier-Record does not
publish poetry in The Forum.
ONLY ONE LETTER PER MONTH: That’s right, we will publish only
one letter per writer, per calendar month. Exceptions are made for:
1) Rebuttal and/or
2) When there is enough space on a given
week, on Page 4 or Page 5, to allow an additional letter that month
from the same writer.
The Courier-Record reserves the right to reject or
edit any letter.