Our View: Your letters please

We would love to hear from you. It’s been a long time since the Arrow Lakes News has received a letter to the editor.

We would love to hear from you. It’s been a long time since the Arrow Lakes News has received a letter to the editor. We would like to invite you to communicate with us in this format.

Letters to the editor are a great way to express your opinion in print — about something we’ve covered or something that we should be covering, or a topic of great concern to you and this community. Our newspaper would be better for it.

Looking at our closest competitor, we see plenty of vocal letter-writers, calling attention to a variety of topics and using their rights as Canadians to express their well-earned opinions. Surely some of you have strong opinions; it’s one of the things we have found so baffling about the lack of letters being written. This community is full of passionate people — experts either in reality or in our own minds. The sort of experts who probably have something valuable to say which would add to the conversation and keep it from being so one-sided.

We think we know one of the reasons driving letters into obscurity — could it be the advent of our community pages on social media? Is the quick fix of writing a post or commenting on someone else’s post replacing the good, old-fashioned, carefully composed opinion piece we’ve known for generations? We sure hope not.

 

 

Tips:

• Write about something you care about, ideally something we have covered.

• Send in your praise, criticism, or additional information.

• Keep the letter topical, respectful and brief.

• Provide solutions, suggestions, or ideas.

Sign it and send it to us via email at newsroom@arrowlakesnews.com

 

or by regular mail to Box 189, Nakusp BC V0G1R0.

 

 

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