Writing a letter to the editor in your local newspaper helps spread awareness about the Obama Administration’s blatant and dangerous disregard for the Constitution. It is your collective opinions that both shape and energize this movement.
Getting published in your local hometown newspaper in response to an issue or an article you’ve read is one of the easiest forms of advocacy for your cause.
Here are some very simple and useful guidelines to follow when sending a quick letter to your local news publication:
• Word count: A letter to the editor is normally between 150 and 200 words.
• How to submit: These can be submitted as a handwritten letter or on the newspaper website. Check the newspaper website to find out how they prefer you submit it.
• Tone: Letters are more likely to be published if they constructively add to the debate. Keep it short and stay focused on facts, personal anecdotes and how the issue impacts you.
Writing Your Letter
• Describe your perspective: This is a crucial part of your letter, sometimes within it or at the bottom.
For example: “As an auto worker and father of two, it’s important that we adhere to and protect our Constitution.”
• See if you can tie your opinion to a recent news event or article covered by that paper: Your chances of getting published increase sharply is your letter is linked to a specific story or event.
For example: “In response to your editorial on President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB, I’d like to say how much I appreciate your honesty.”
• You are the reporter of your opinion: Give the editor your thoughts on the issue, but also suggest a solution. Still, it’s important to keep it as brief as possible.
For example: “This Administration’s recess appointments to the NLRB raise questions as to whether or not this President respects the Constitution. In the future, the White House must follow the law and work closely with the Senate to place nominees through a legitimate confirmation process.”
• Conclusion: Always remember to include your name and any affiliations.
For example: John Dougherty, Owner of Dougherty Manufacturing, and Chair of the [town] Chamber of Commerce.
Your opinions help shape our movement. When you send your letter, please send us a copy – we would love to read it. And, if your letter is published, let us know so we can promote it!