Writing a Letter to the Editor (LTE) is one way to bring attention to an issue or piece of legislation that impacts your community. It’s also a great way to let like-minded members of your community know they are not alone and to provide others with an alternative view to what the media is pushing in their headlines.
The New Hampshire Republican Party website has a handy tool that simplifies the process of writing and sending your letters.
You first enter your zip code and are then presented with a list of newspapers in your area. Next, select which newspapers you want to send your letter to. Fill out your contact information, compose your letter and finally send to the selected newspapers.
Check it out over at http://nhgop.org/get-involved/write-a-letter
The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance has some valuable tips available on how to write an effective letter to the editor here.
From the NHLA:
Observe the following guidelines when writing an LTE:
- Keep it short. Letters should be a short as possible; 200 words or fewer. Many papers will reject or edit longer letters.
- Give your info. Include your name, full address and daytime phone. Most papers will not publish this info if you request that it be witheld; check with the paper in question if this is a concern.
- Use your own words. The sample below is just a starting point. Say it in YOUR words — after all, it’s YOUR opinion!
- Say something personal. If you have a personal story, share it.
- Be polite. Never use obscenity, belittle an opponent, or resort to name-calling. If your opinion can’t be said tactfully, don’t say it in a public forum.
They link to another useful guide called “10 Tips For Writing a Letter To The Editor“.
The Coalition of New Hampshire Tax Payers also has a list of publications with full contact information here