Letters to the editor policy

WINSTED, MN – Letters to the Editor policy 2018
Letters are welcome at Herald Journal (news@heraldjournal.com) and will be printed whenever possible. We may edit them for grammar, style, etc.
Letters should be 300 words or fewer.
Those referring to a previous letter may be edited to avoid embarrassment for the original writer. Please address the issue in question, but do not attack another writer.
Form letters sent to numerous newspapers, or from writers beyond our circulation area, may be rejected unless the letter significantly contributes value to the viewpoints page.
All letters must carry at least one writer’s name and city of residence. If it is on behalf of a group or organization, that may be stated, but the letter must be from a person(s).
Please include a daytime phone number (not for publication)  for verification when submitting your letter.
POLITICAL/CAMPAIGN LETTERS
Each person is limited to two letters of a political/campaign nature during the “political season” which is defined the opening of the filing period through Election Day.
We will not publish form letters that are political in nature, or endorse or condemn a candidate for office.
We do not promise or guarantee that all letters will be published.
Preference will be given to local letter writers. We typically do not publish letters from writers outside our core circulation area. Those from outside our core circulation area may contact our display advertising department and purchase an ad to get their message published.
We will publish one announcement when a candidate announces he/she will run for office, either at the time of the announcement or at the time the candidate files. These will run in the news section and will be limited to a maximum of 100 words and include a mug shot photo if provided by the candidate.
We may publish letters in the final issue before an election, but not late attacks or charges that cannot be responded to. The editor is responsible for preventing such occurrences, and will err on the side of safety when necessary.
“Legislative updates” from current elected officials will be considered separate from letters to the editor, provided they are issue-based, rather than political in nature.

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