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Write a Letter to the Editor

Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to let people in your community know how you feel about issues or programs that are important to you. You can also be sure that policymakers and elected officials regularly scan the letters section of their local paper to find out what their constituents are feeling.

Address Your Letter Properly. Many editors like to call and confirm that a letter to be published is written by the person whose name is attached. Be sure to include your name, address, and daytime phone number.

Make Your Point Immediately. Express your most important point in your first paragraph. Be factual. Remember to write as if the readers know nothing about your topic. 

Be Brief. Your letter should be between 100 and 250 words long. Limit the number of points you make and stay on the same subject. The shorter it is, the more likely it is to be published. 

Time Your Letter Appropriately. Your topic should be relevant to current events and issues. A paper is more likely to print your letter if you are responding to a recent article or if you are writing about a timely issue.

Don’t Be Disappointed. Not all letters received can be published. Many newspapers are reluctant to print letters by someone who writes too frequently. If you have recently had a letter published but have another issue or article to address, ask a friend to write one.

 

NEWSPAPER CONTACT INFORMATION

Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald
Letters to the Editor
PO Box 1460, Portland, ME  04104
Fax: 828-8154
E-mail: letters@pressherald.com

Lewiston Sun Journal
Letters to the Editor
PO Box 4400, Lewiston, ME  04243-4400
Fax: 777-3436
E-mail: letters@sunjournal.com

Bangor Daily News
Letters to the Editor
PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME  04402-1329
Fax: 941-9476
E-mail: letters@bangordailynews.net

Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel
(Kennebec Journal)
Letters to the Editor
274 Western Ave., Augusta, ME  04330
Fax: 623-2220
E-mail: letters@centralmaine.com (specify which newspaper)

(Morning Sentinel)
Letters to the Editor
31 Front St., Waterville, ME  04901
Fax: 861-9191
E-mail: letters@centralmaine.com (specify which newspaper)