Letters flood slows down their printing

Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2006

We think it’s great that our readers are compelled to tell us their points of view, especially with so many important issues facing us in our communities and our state.

We don’t ever want to discourage letters. We do, however, want to let you know that we have had so many letters coming our way in recent months that we are falling behind in getting them in the paper.

Our goal has always been to print letters in a timely fashion, and we print them in the order we receive them to keep it fair. We know your letter is important to you; it’s important to us, too.

While we can’t print every one that comes our way, we do make every attempt to print those that follow our letters policy:

· Letters must include the writer’s name, phone number and address.

· Anonymous letters will not be printed.

· The shorter the letter, the sooner it will be printed. Letters should be no more than 500 words. Letters may be edited to fit the available space.

· Letters that, in the editor’s judgment, are libelous will not be printed.

· The editor also may exclude letters that are untimely or irrelevant to the public interest.

· Although short, topical poetry is considered, it is rarely used. Lengthy poetry is rejected.

· Submissions from other publications will not be printed.

· Applause letters should recognize public-spirited service and contributions. Personal thank-you notes will not be published.

We encourage you to send us your letters, and we will make every effort to get them published — even if it takes a while. So please be patient, and keep them coming.

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