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Tag: Letters to the editor


Question about letters to the editor

A reader had a question pertaining to our new way of handling letters to the editor. Why, she wondered, was the publication date of a letter on the online blog different than the day it was published in the print edition?

The reason is that letters that are approved for publication in the print edition also go immediately to the blog. But they might not get into the paper for a day or two — or even longer, depending on space. The letter she was asking about went online May 4 but didn’t make it into print until two

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New letters blog launched

We went live with our long-planned letters blog today, and so far so good. Writers are finding the online form, and we’re not seeing any major problems as we transition from a hybrid e-mail/website submission format to completely online.

Thanks to web developer Ian Swenson for all his work putting this together, and to news assistant Terri Bell for her infinite patience and adaptability. I’m sure we’ll be tweaking this a bit in days to come.

The letters do look a little different on the blog than they did on the previous letters page. You might notice

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New way to submit and view letters to the editor

On Thursday, change is coming to the letters to the editor – both in the way letters are submitted to The News Tribune and how they are published.

The e-mail address that many writers have used for submitting letters – – is being discontinued. Instead, writers will submit their letters via an easy-to-use online form on The News Tribune’s website. The URL is

The form allows writers to suggest their own headline and includes a word counter so they know when they reach the 250-word limit.

Letters will be published in two ways: Some of the letters we

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Frequent letter writer passes away

I was sorry to see in Sunday’s obituaries that one of our frequent letter writers, Frank Shappee, passed away recently.

I could always count on his letters to be well-written, thoughtful and topical – three qualities that are why some writers seem to get published more often than others. Apparently Mr. Shappee enjoyed writing his letters as much as we did running them. From his obit:

Dad was also proud to be featured in this very publication over the years with insightful letters to the editor.

His most recent letter appeared last July, regarding

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