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Be brief. Short letters are best. Just because we have a 200-word limit doesn't mean you need 200 words to make your point. Short letters are more effective - and more likely to get read. All letters are subject to editing for length and clarity.
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Letters on abortion and similar perennially divisive topics aren't accepted unless they respond directly to news events and add something new to the debate.
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At election time, remember we do not publish letters just endorsing a political candidate nor letters from a candidate during campaign season. Letters discussing the candidates' stands on election issues are more likely to make the cut.
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