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How to Submit a Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor should be short and to the point.  It should begin "Dear Editor" and should contain 150 to 250 words.

Pick one issue to write about – one simple issue. If you have more than one point you want to make, pick one per letter. Consider writing more than one letter and submitting them a few weeks apart; or find a friend or two and ask them to write letters that address your other points.

Be clear about what you want to have happen. For example, clearly state that you believe our legislature should make education a priority and support adequate funding for Nebraska schools. Follow that up with a personal example of how budget cuts are affecting your child and/or the quality of education in your school district.

Include your name, city, address, and phone number in the signature line at the bottom of the letter. Most newspapers require that you submit contact information when you submit your letter, but they will not print your address or phone number in the newspaper. Nevertheless, they generally will not print your letter at all if you do not provide adequate contact information for them.

Try to address school needs and losses.  Ask your superintendent about the effects of under-funding on your school district. Use those as examples in your letter.

Where to send your letter - Send your letter to your local newspaper and to The Omaha World-Herald. 
Click here for contact information for Nebraska newspapers, and to submit your Letter to the Editor quickly and easily on-line
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