From Jim Stalker
In the case of “The letter to the editor is dead” by Denise Caskey, CNA staff writer, I don’t know whether she threw that at us as a challenge or not. I think challenge. So, let’s take that challenge and go with it.
She said it didn’t matter what we wrote about. I would add; as long as it is not derogatory or libelous. If you want to add credibility to your letter, spell it correctly. The newspaper will most likely print it just as you write it. Do not trust your spell-check. Look your questionable words up in a printed dictionary. Try to write positively, offer thoughts that help improve a situation or a physical structure. There are all kinds of positive things to write about.
Failing that, write about the water rate increase, offer alternatives, but read it over a couple of times, give yourself a little time to cool down if you’re writing about something that heats you up. Letters are important. They’re all about expressing your thoughts other than that one vote you get at election time. I would hope and pray that the people we vote into office, read our letters so they can get a feel about our feelings. One very important rule, you must sign your name and add your phone number to be verified, or you will not be published.