Tips for Writing Letters

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March 2006

You can influence elected officials directly by writing letters to them. You can indirectly let them know what you think, and influence your community, by writing letters to the editor of your local paper. Elected officials read letters to the editor to determine what their constituents think.

Keep the following points in mind when writing a letter:

The points below will help you write a letter to an elected official, or to the editor of your local paper. Remember: make your letter personal. These are just ideas to help you get started.