How do I write a letter to the editor? How do I get it published?
Writing a Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editor must be brief and get the point across clearly.
You should use a word processing software that counts the words. Sometimes the word count is under “Tools” and sometimes it is under “Document Statistics.”
Start with the templates that we have included here. Edit the templates to make them personal. Use the name of your own town, your own history, and knowledge of your community.
You should not rely on underlining, italics, or bold for emphasis. Your LTE should be “plain text” without any formatting.
Ask a family member or friend to read the letter. Check if the point comes across clearly or gets buried.
Verify that your letter is under 150 words.
Publishing a Letter to the Editor
Find a newspaper that you know well, which is distributed locally.
Call one of the reporters or the publisher and explain that you want to submit a Letter to the Editor.
They will describe the guidelines and process. You can use the “Contact Us” form.
Fill in your name, address, and email address and paste the text of your letter into the “Questions & Comments” box.
Templates for LTE
-(equitable) vaccine distribution,
In early December 2020, not a single Californian had received a dose of COVID vaccine. Today, over one-third of Californians have received a dose or more of the vaccine – almost twice the national average. While Governor Newsom, county health officials and frontline health workers have been working overtime to speed up equitable vaccine distribution to vulnerable populations, right-wing spoil sports have been gathering signatures to force a recall. The last thing California needs right now is an expensive, divisive special election. I’m glad Governor Newsom is focused on what matters most: saving the lives of Californians.
-small business relief,
As a small business owner, I’ve done my part to protect the health of my employees and customers: requiring masks, social distancing and sanitization in my workplace throughout COVID. I’m thankful to Governor Newsom and the CA legislature for approving an additional $2.1 billion for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, in late February. Thanks to California’s combined efforts, the recovery is in sight. Unfortunately, a small but loudmouthed crowd of anti-maskers and Republican sore losers has now forced the state to endure a divisive recall campaign. I expect Governor Newsom, and voters, will stay focused on what matters most: helping California’s economy recover and prosper.
As a parent of young school children, I’m not going to lie: the last year has been tough. Protecting my family’s health while keeping my kids engaged and learning often felt impossible. I don’t agree with every decision Governor Newsom made, but I know we had the same priorities: preventing the spread of COVID while working to reopen schools. You know who doesn’t share my priorities? The COVID-denying, anti-mask-wearing yahoos trying to replace Newsom in an undemocratic recall election. The same people who raged against responsible shut-down orders now want to install a right wing Republican as Governor? No thank you. I’ll drop my kids off at school on the way to voting against this dumb recall.
-helping working families
The more I read about Governors in Texas and Indiana lifting their mask mandates, the more thankful I am that California has a responsible leader in Governor Newsom. In my family, my son works at a grocery store, and my wife is a hairdresser. They need the protection of customers and staff wearing masks to safely do their jobs. I’m appalled at the extremist anti-mask crowd trying to recall Governor Newsom. Their recklessness has already cost countless lives; now they also want to cost the state over 80 million dollars to hold an undemocratic special election. In my working family, we’ll be voting against the recall and for continued science-based leadership that protects our loved ones on the front lines.
-larger theme of the recall being pro-Trump, he was not re-elected and no longer in office, when is this going to end, etc.
On January 6th, pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn a fair election. Today, California’s anti-mask crowd is staging its own undemocratic “do-over” by trying to recall Governor Newsom. Republicans haven’t held statewide office in California since 2010. That’s why they are spending millions to force a recall election: a right-wing candidate could receive fewer votes than Newsom, and still become Governor. Maybe if Republicans want to win elections in California, they should try changing their message? Until then, we should crush this insurrection and support our fairly elected Governor.
-Maybe the theme of this recall effort being partisan, rather than bi-partisan, and continuing to attempt to overturn elections.
The anti-mask Republican extremists trying to recall Governor Newsom want us to believe there is a broad-based movement against him. Funny, the most recent polling by the Public Policy Institute of California shows only 40% of California voters want to remove him. Lo and behold, that’s the same percentage of voters who supported Republican John Cox in the 2018 Gubernatorial election. The same minority of voters who voted against Newsom now wants a do-over. No thanks – we’ll stick with democracy.
-From the CADEM Template
The National Republicans have found their latest scheme to rile up the Trump base and try to stop California’s efforts to fight the pandemic – recalling Governor Gavin Newsom. Rather than supporting Californian’s recovery from the pandemic, Republicans are choosing to shift the focus and attention away from those who need it the most. California should be focusing on equitable vaccination distribution, small business relief, reopening schools and helping working families. Instead, our state is being disrupted by far-right extremist groups who want to disrupt and divide Californians.
–Cindy’s Letter to LA Times 4/7/21
Thinking about Caitlyn Jenner running for Governor just reminds me how desperate the Republicans are to overturn elections. Governor Newsom was elected in 2018, pre COVID, with 62% of the vote. A recent March poll by the Public Policy Institute of California showed that more than half of voters approve of the job he has been doing. And the situation is getting even better. We’re getting vaccinated. The state is getting very large stimulus funds. Yet Republicans are spending millions to force a recall election: a right-wing candidate, maybe even Jenner, could receive fewer votes than Newsom, and still become Governor. That is not democratic. But it’s a way a Republican can win a state-wide race here. The message is clear. This recall effort should be crushed, and I am already working hard to support our fairly elected Governor.
Newspapers for LTE
Pasadena Star News
How to submit a letter to the editor
We welcome letters to the editor on all issues of public concern. All submissions are subject to editing and condensation, and they can be published only with the writer’s true name. Letters must include the writer’s home community and a daytime phone number for confirmation. Please limit submissions to 150 words and send via email (without attachments) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Canada Outlook
We Welcome Your Letters to The Editor
Outlook readers who have opinions about any number of local issues are invited to submit letters to the editor for publication.
Letters should be kept as brief as possible, preferably limited to 250 words. All letters to the Outlook become property of the Outlook and may be edited or condensed for any reason. They should be submitted by one person only and be accompanied by a current address and valid telephone number.
Printed letters do not necessarily reflect the Outlook’s opinion; our Letters to the Editor section is an opportunity for readers to engage in a community forum.
Send submissions by email to email@example.com. Please write “Letter to the Editor” as the subject line.
Tujunga The Foothills Paper
Publisher – Editor – The Foothills Paper
Address: P.O. Box 444,
Tujunga, CA 91043
Crescenta Valley Weekly
Need full name, mailing address, city of residence, phone number and e-mail address. Submissions that do not include this information cannot be published. Typically run 150 words or less and may be edited.
Los Angeles Daily News-
www.dailynews.com All submissions are subject to editing and condensation, and they can be published only with the writer’s true name. Letters must include the writer’s home community and a daytime phone number for confirmation. Please limit submissions to 150 words and send via email (without attachments) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles Magazine-
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Los Angeles magazine welcomes your comments via email, mail, and fax. Letters may be edited for space and clarity.
Mail: Letters to the Editor Los Angeles magazine 5900 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90036
Send letters to the editor to: L.A. Weekly, P.O. Box 4315, L.A., CA 90078. Or fax us at (323) 465-3220. Or e-mail us at email@example.com. Letters, which must be typewritten and include a daytime telephone number for verification, may be edited for purposes of space or clarity.