Letters to the “editor” of local papers do work. Campaigns and politicians keep an eye on the pulse of their constituents by reading those letters. You can make a difference, and make sure a right of center position is heard. Write a letter.
Here are some basic guidelines:
- A letter to the editor should be short, concise and to the point.
- Be truthful and make sure your facts are correct. A newspaper will not print a letter if there is any misinformation contained in that letter.
- Keep it relevant. It is best to write about an issue or article that was recently reported by the press.
- Make one point and make it well.
- Statistics are good and can help with your argument, but do not get bogged down in a fog of numbers.
- Include your contact information.
Can’t think of an idea? Try answering some of these questions below and get out your pen and paper:
- Local issues: what is going on in the town? Is your town changing in its political leaning?
2) How are your local elected officials representing (or misrepresenting) you? What are they doing that isn't in line with conservative values?
3) What is happening in our local school?
4) Immigration. How does it affect us here in Estes Park and Colorado?
5) Gun laws -- there has been a lot of change and more to come. Why will the laws that are being passed not help gun violence? What could help?
6) How is Kevin Lundberg representing us? What kind of a job is he doing in Colorado?
7) What promises have our politicians (local or national) broken that we are upset about?
8) What type of lifestyle do you lead that you wish the federal government would immolate? (spending/saving/etc.)
9) What ideas do you have for reforming Medicare? What Republicans in our Congress are working on it?
10) Should the age be raised for social security?
11) What should the retirement age be?
12) Why should Obamacare be repealed? (Personal example of how it has affected you, or how it will). Be sure to use facts.
13) What is personal responsibility and how far does it extend? How could the government benefit from some personal responsibility?
14) What can we do to help the next generation become more responsible?
15) What book have you read recently that explains either personal responsibility, or conservative values?
16) What do you value most about the constitution?
17) Why is the constitution important to you, and us, as citizens?
18) Why should the government tell us what to do in our personal life?
19) How is the government (local up to national) over reaching?
20) Why is it important to vote?
21) What are the repercussions of not voting?
22) What are the basic differences between Democrats and Republicans?
Send your letters here:
Mr. John Cordsen, Editor to editor@estesparktrailgazette
Ms. Kris Hazelton, Editor to editor@estesparknews
Times-Call Longmont, Editor to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Collins Coloradoan, Editor to email@example.com
Greeley Tribune, Nate A. Miller, Assistant Editor to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your letter is 150 words or less, send a copy to the Denver Post at: email@example.com