We ask that letters for the Anacortes American Views page voice opinions on local news issues, have one author and be 400 words or less. (200 max for election endorsements)
Please include the author's name, address and phone number. We will publish only name and area of residence (Anacortes, Guemes Island or South Fidalgo).
We give preference to local issues but may accept opinions on state and national issues as space allows. We ask that you include sources for any information presented as facts, particularly numbers, to support your opinion.
We try to publish letters received by noon Friday the following week, as space permits.
Thanks Letters also may have only one author and are limited to 150 words. They are meant to offer community organizations an opportunity to express gratitude for community participation in large events or large fundraising efforts. However, we do not publish thanks to individuals, businesses or sponsors in these letters.
What kind of content is not published?
• Libel that could get you and us sued.
• Opinions that denounce a race or sexual orientation.
• Opinions that support hate or violence.
• Letters that try to report news. The page is for opinion, not reporting.
• Public service announcements or advocacy for fundraisers or nonprofits.
• Hearsay, as in comments about what other people say or believe, if it has not been previously reported or printed.
• Opinions that address religion must not evangelize (preach), and we discourage letters that are critical of religion simply because the writer disagrees. However, we realize that some news topics overlap with elements of religion, and we do allow commentary as it relates to impact on the public.
• Form letters and letters signed by more than one author or a group. We want original writings and opinions from individual local readers.
• Criticisms of a business, agency or private individual won't be published.
• Rude, mean-spirited letters will not be published. Respect is expected.
• Letters that rehash arguments on ongoing issues without a new news angle.
Can anyone write a letter?
Yes, anyone may write to the editor. However, we generally only publish letters from readers in our coverage area. Letters from children are rarely published but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
We do not publish letters from political candidates while their candidacy is active. The advertising department is available to help candidates get their message out. The news department can be contacted about news stories.
If the writer is a public official or works in some public capacity, that title may be included with the letter, even if they are not speaking in their official capacity.
What happens when you reject a letter?
We may let an author know if their letter does not meet our criteria, but that is not always possible. Please feel free to check with us if you have not heard anything within a couple of weeks.