Do stick to the recommended word counts. Letters should generally not be longer than about 150-200 words.
Do use personal details or stories if possible.
Do call Planned Parenthood for help if you need it at (360)734-9007. We've got fact sheets, statistics and lots of people happy to assist you or proofread.
Do call the paper after you send it. Continue calling until the Editor confirms s/he has received it.
Do remember that many letters won't be published. Be persistent and don't get discouraged.
Do cut the letter out if published, and send a copy to your local legislators. They should know what their constituents are thinking!
Do call Planned Parenthood at (360)734-9007. We'll want to thank you!
In Whatcom County
Letters to the Editor
The Bellingham Herald
P.O. Box 1277
Bellingham, WA 98227
Letters also can be faxed to 360-756-2826 or e-mailed to email@example.com.
The Bellingham Herald publishes signed letters of no more than 200 words. All letters to the editor are subject to editing. Letters are verified. You must include a phone number where you can be reached between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Writers are limited to one letter a month.
In Skagit County
To the Editor
Skagit Valley Herald
P.O. Box 578
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Letters can also be faxed to 360-428-0400; or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (no attachments, please).
The Skagit Valley Herald welcomes letters to the editor addressing current issues in the public arena in the author's own words. No form letters. Please keep letters to a maximum length of 250 words. The Skagit Valley Herald also edit letters for clarity, accuracy and to avoid libel. The Skagit Valley Herald accepts no more than one a month per writer.
1) Be typed and be signed by only one person, with the full first name (not initials).
2) Include daytime phone number.
3) Include full street address.