Send a Letter to the Editor for Town Meeting

Some tips and tricks for any Letters to the Editor you would like us to consider before Town Meeting begins next week.

The 2012 Town Meeting Warrant has thirty articles in it. Yes, three-zero.

Some of the decisions are bound to hit close to home for some of our readers, whether it's raising the age of cigarette sales, building contraflow bike lanes, or an item in the town budget. If you feel we need to bring more attention to one of them, then send a letter in to the Brookline Patch editor

Patch is always open to publishing Letters to the Editor, not just about  or Elections coming up, but also things like the  program or other town issues. 

We will not be running any letters on the week of Town Meeting, so the latest you can get them in is the end of business on Friday. After that, we will not have time to process and post them before the week begins. 

Before you send them in, here are some general Letter to the Editor guidelines:

  • There is no word limit (we're online, after all), but do keep your readers in mind. Most online articles are best at about 500 words. If you need to go longer than that, consider including sub-heads to break up your text and help your readers jump to what they want to read.
  • The editor, , will check your letters for grammar and typos, but will not add things like sub-heads, bullet points, etc. It's your responsibility to make your letter appealing to readers.
  • If you supply a headline, Patch will use it unless it is too long or we deem it to be misleading in terms of the content of your letter. If you don't supply a headline, we will write one for you.
  • If you have photos, videos or PDFs that support your letter, please feel free to submit those. Again, we will include them with your letter as long as they are relevant.
  • As per Patch's formal Terms of Use, we will not publish letters that are "defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive." That doesn't mean you can't disagree with someone, only that you should do so with respect and civility.
  • Your Patch editor has the final say in these matters. So far, all of the letters readers have sent in have been published. Thank you for following the guidelines.

In recent months, we have received letters on subjects as varied as the  and the . If you have opinions bigger than just one letter, . 

So get writing, Brookline. Email me your letters, and let's see what you have to say.


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