Model letter to the editor

This message received and quoted (absolutely sic) by a member of the editorial writers’ listserve (many of whom double as letters editors)

To the Editor, ,
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It is important that you write the letter in your own words. Nothing is more persuasive to the media, lawmakers, and the public than the experiences, opinions, and feelings of concerned citizens. To help get you started, we’ve provided simple talking points to the right (click the talking point once to add it to your letter), but please remember to use the words that mean the most to you.

REMEMBER: DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE WRITING YOUR LETTER AND INCLUDE YOUR DAYTIME AND EVENING PHONE NUMBERS.

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Sincerely,

[Your Name]
Contact Phone: [Your Phone Number(s)]

The listserve member who forwarded this enlightening missive included the name and address of the clueless signatory, but I refrain, to spare his blushes. Not that ()he likely would have them. Somebody who used to send me messages had in his sig line, “think about how stupid the average person is. then remember that half the population is stupider than that.”

About linsee

Linda Seebach retired in 2007 from the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where she was an editorial writer and columnist.
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