The Trib welcomes letters from its readers.
We attempt to publish as many as possible to reflect the widest span of views on public issues. To increase your chances for publication, the following guidelines should be met:
Letters should be no longer than 200 words. No writer will be published more than once every 30 days. We reserve the right to accept or reject any letter for publication, and also to edit for grammar, length and accuracy. All letters must list the author's name, address and telephone number for verification purposes.
All published letters will include the author's name. We do not publish thank-you letters. We do publish letters of praise for individuals or groups.
Even the ACLU knows you have no constitutional right to have a letter to the editor published in a newspaper or magazine.
But any responsible and customer-friendly publication -- i.e., one that wants to be fair and balanced and open to criticism and correction -- will encourage its readers to exercise their freedom of speech in its publications.
Ideally, a letters-page editor wants every missive he receives to be short, smart and perfectly written. And always 200 words or less. And timely, accurate, credible, rational, informative, funny, passionate, persuasive and entertaining.
Alas, the world is not perfect and not all letter writers are created equal.
So to improve the chances of seeing your two-cents' worth published in your favorite opinion section, here -- from someone who has read, selected and edited roughly 10,000 letters to the editor from folks like Cher, Rick Santorum and Oren Spiegler -- is some free advice.