Itâ€™s the so-called â€śdead of winter,â€ť and, although nobodyâ€™s going to be snowed in very often in these parts, thereâ€™s not much of anything better to do on a really cold day that sit down and enjoy a good book or read the dayâ€™s newspaper.
Whatâ€™s more, thereâ€™s still quite a bit going on these days in our community and we here at the Herald want to take this opportunity to remind our readers that we welcome your letters to the editor and want to publish them in the paper.
On an almost daily basis, you can find our policies concerning letters to the editor located on our â€śOpinionâ€ť page, but here is a reminder:
While it is not an absolute requirement, we ask that letters be limited to no more than 300 words.
Yes, we have printed quite a few letters in the past year that were considerably longer than 300 words. However, letters are printed on an â€śas space is available basis,â€ť and longer letters are more difficult to find space for publication and sometimes wait more than a week to be printed.
Letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number, as well as a street address, for verification purposes. Anonymous or unsigned letters, or those that do not include a telephone number or street address, will not be considered for publication.
Letters determined to be libelous or slanderous will also not be printed.
We do reserve the right to edit letters for style and clarity and we also reserve the right to limit publication to one letter per 30-day period for each author.
Unfortunately, the limited size of our staff makes it impossible for us to acknowledge the receipt of letters.
And, as one might expect, letters submitted from those living in our readership area will receive priority.
There are a number of ways to submit letters. They can be mailed to: Editor, Big Spring Herald, P.O. Box 1431, Big Spring 79721. Or they can be hand delivered to our offices at 710 Scurry St. during normal business hours Monday through Friday. In addition, you can go to our Website at www.bigspringherald.com and click on the Letters to the Editor icon and be provided with a form that will guarantee it arrives in the editorâ€™s office.
We also encourage readers to submit letters via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The thing to remember is that the Big Spring Herald is your community newspaper and we want to provide you with a forum to express your views.
So, please let us hear from you.