Letters to the Editor
Letters to the editor are an easy way to spark discussion and debate on campus or in your community. Use this forum to advocate for church-state separation and to urge student activism. You can also use a letter to the editor to announce an event; as you conclude the letter, encourage concerned students to attend the event and voice their own opinions. Here are some general tips for letter-writing:
- Before you write your letter, find out the newspaper or magazine’s policy for letters to the editor. There may be rules that will be important to know, such as a maximum word count.
- Keep the letter short, and use concise and direct sentences. These letters have a better chance of being printed and read.
- Briefly state the argument you are rebutting or the issue that is concerning you. Then state your position and give supporting arguments and evidence. Conclude by briefly re-stating your position and leaving your readers with something to remember.
- Resist any urges to be impolite or engage in personal attacks. Your letter will be more effective if it makes an argument based on reason, and it makes you appear more credible.
- Proofread your letter, and then have others do the same. Check for grammar and spelling errors, and make sure that your arguments are written in a coherent manner.
- Be timely with your letter. The sooner you respond to an issue, the better chance you stand to gain readers’ attention.