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WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR


A Letter to the Editor (LTE) is a great way to make your voice heard, raise awareness of how state tax and budget choices impact your community, and inspire others to take a stand for smart public investments and an equitable revenue system. 

 

Never written an LTE? We have you covered. An LTE is exactly what it sounds like - a letter written to the editor of a newspaper that expresses your opinion on issues of the day. LTEs are used by policy makers and politicians who want to get a pulse on the issues that are important to their constituents. Here are some tips to get you started:  


Visit the website of local or state newspapers. This will allow you to find submission guidelines to improve your LTE's likelihood of publication. For your convenience, here are links to some of the major Texas newspapers: 

The Dallas Morning NewsHouston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman, El Paso Times, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, The Monitor, and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


Write clearly and concisely. LTEs should be around 150 words. Focus on addressing the problem and provide one concrete solution. 

 

Write in an informative and practical manner. Let readers know that you understand the issue and that you have a well-researched opinion and/or plausible solution. 

 

Be relevant, because timing is everything. You're more likely to have a major impact on an issue when you can write about it as the debate is going on. 

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