With a little work, you can write a great letter to your local paper Just like these:
Vickie Sandell Stangl — OK to speak at church but can’t electioneer
Abby Raphael — The Potential Effects of Repealing the Johnson Amendment
How To Write a Letter to the editor
Find a local publication and read up on its rules for submitting letters to the editor. Be sure to check the newspaper’s website.
Every publication varies slightly on rules for length as well as how to submit.
In general, the submission should be 200-300 words. Less is fine, more is unlikely to get printed.
Be clear, concise and to the point.
Use the talking points as a guide, but try to rephrase them in your own words. If a publication gets multiple letters that sound similar, they will not print them all.
Even if a newspaper likes your letter, know that it may still be edited for clarity or grammar.
Sign your name. Most publications do not allow anonymous submissions.
If you want to write an op-ed instead of a letter to the editor, then your draft should be close to 700 words. Bear in mind that op-eds are much harder to get published.