Today I wrote a letter to the editor of The Anchorage Daily News to thank the newspaper for finally printing an article about the latest outrage from ACORN (Conservatives rejoice at ACORN scandal 9-16-09). I pointed out that this news broke a week ago and that even the US Senate and the Census Bureau had taken action against ACORN before the mainstream media covered the story. I asked for the straight news while it is still news.
I encourage you to write letters to the editors of your local newspapers. Here are some suggested rules to follow:
1. Keep your letter civil and short (150-175 words at most).
2. Make one point using clear, plain English.
3. Keep your letter relevant by writing about a recent development in the news or something the newspaper covered.
4. Appear authoritative and rational and back up your argument using two or three solid facts.
5. Double space your letter and use proper punctuation and capitalization.
6. If possible, send your letter by e-mail.
7. If you must use the snail mail, keep your letter neat and use 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper.
8. Include your contact information, especially a daytime telephone number and e-mail address. Our newspaper requires hometown as well.
9. Write letters often. Our newspaper allows one letter per month.
10. Convince your friends to submit letters.
Please become involved in the political process. An easy way to get involved is to read, watch, or listen to the news and then let your voice be heard!
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