A word about letters

? We believe the most effective letters to the editor err on the side of brevity rather than length.

We love letters to the editors. Whether they are critical or affirming, we welcome responses from our readers about the news we report, the features we write and any other issue of relevance to the greater Marion County area.

We also believe effective letters to the editor err on the side of brevity than length. As evidenced over the past couple of months, not everyone agrees with that approach. We have always asked for ?concise? letters, but that is a relative term and therefore meaningless. So a couple of years ago we set a more quantifiable length limit of 600 words. Letters longer than that will be shortened with every attempt not to change their meaning.

In summary: Be bold, be brief?and you will be read. ?DR

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