Hometown News considers its letters to the editor column to be a very important public forum. We make every effort to publish all letters, with those from persons in our readership area taking precedence.

We gladly accept opinion letters on topics of local importance. Letters must be typed or emailed, include the name, phone number and address of the author and not exceed 400 words. Letters may also be posted on the newspaper’s website.

Unsigned or anonymous letters will not be printed. Letters generally must be signed by one individual rather than multiple signatures.

Letters must conform to guidelines of civility. We do not publish letters that contain personal attacks or inappropriate language or content. Letters we determine may potentially be libelous will not be published.

Personal complaints about or disputes with a business, individual or organization are not appropriate for letters to the editor. Neither are letters for promoting a business or for-profit cause.

Letters will not mention a previous letter writer by name or quote from previous letters. The letter may state that it is response to a previous letter, which will be identified by the headline of the previous letter and the date published [date in brackets]. Letters must make a statement or opinion about the issue, not attack, argue or debate the previous letter. The editor has the right to cut off letters on the same subject if there are no new points being made.

Thank you letters are most appropriately published as paid advertising; letters to the editor are reserved for the exchange of public opinions.

During election season, endorsement letters must be submitted two weeks prior to the election (or earlier) in order to allow the opportunity to correct misinformation from opposing candidates or groups on opposing sides.

While we try to print as many letters to the editor as possible, publication is at the editor’s discretion. Timeliness, space constraints and the number of letters a particular writer submits in a month are a few of the factors considered.

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