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Maryland’s Death Penalty Repeal Efforts NEED YOU.
Thank youto all those who joined us this past week during Maryland’s Senate hearing. Yet, Maryland is very much in danger of keeping the death penalty, due to Senate opposition. 
Join us in speaking out against this cruel, discriminatory injustice.Write to your Editor today!! See our tips below :). Thank you!
Join us on March 20th, at 1:00 pm in Annapolis, for the House hearing. We need your support! 
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Tips for Writing an Effective Letter to the Editor
1. Keep it short and stick to the subject. Long, meandering letters usually end up in the circular file. Short and to the point – just a few sentences – is your best bet. 
2. Reference something you’ve read in that paper. Most of the time, a newspaper will only print a letter that responds to or comments on an article or another letter that recently appeared in that publication. Start with something like, “Concerning your article, …..” or “Although John Doe believes that…..” 
3. Proofread your letter before sending it. Mistakes in grammar or spelling will only incline the editors to put your letter aside. 
4. Don’t forget your address and phone number. Most newspapers will print a letter only after contacting the author to verify his or her identity. Don’t worry, your personal information will not be published with the letter. 
5. Follow the newspaper’s own guidelines on letter submission. These can be found on the paper’s website. Below you will find instructions and contact information specific to various newspapers in Maryland, as well as The Washington Post. 
6. If you do get published, let us know. Send a copy of your letter or a link to the site to one of our State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinators, Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com) or Kevin Scruggs (kevin.a.scruggs@gmail.com).

Letter to Editor Instructions
Sorted by Publication
Annapolis Capital
Email: capletts@capitalgazette.com
Mail:
            Letters to the Editor, The Capital
            P.O. Box 911
            Annapolis, MD 21404
Fax: 410-268-4643
Guidelines:
1 letter per month, per sender
Letters must be 300 words or less
Include address and daytime phone number
Baltimore Sun
Email: talkback@baltimoresun.com
Mail:
            Talk Back
            The Sun, P.O. Box 1377
            Baltimore, MD 21278-0001
Fax: 410-332-6977
Guidelines:
All comments become property of The Baltimore Sun, which reserves the right to edit them
Include your name and address
Include both day and evening telephone numbers
Easton Star Democrat
Go to their submission page.
Username: 
            thehatchergroup
Password:
            thg1234
Site Requests:
First, Last Name
Address
Phone number
Email address
Letters must be 250 words or less
Frederick News-Post
Go to their submission page.
Site Requests: 
Name
Email
Address
Home Phone
Business Phone (optional)
Guidelines:
 One letter per month, per writer
Letters limited to 200 words or less
The Frederick News-Post reserves the right to edit letters for content and length
The Gazette
Email: letters@gazette.net
OR
Go to their submission page.
Site Requests:
Full Name
Full Address
Daytime Phone Number
Evening Phone Number
Email Address
Guidelines:
The Gazette edits for brevity, grammar and clarity
Limit letters to one idea and 200 words or less
To be eligible for publication in the newspaper, letters must be received by noon Friday to run in the following week’s newspaper
Washington Post
Email (encouraged): letters@washpost.com
Mail:
            Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post
            1150 15th Street NW
            Washington, D.C. 20071
Guidelines:
 Letters should be 200 words or less
Prefer that the letter’s starting point reference an article or other item appearing in The Post
Letters to The Post may not have been submitted to, posted to or published by any other media
Include writer’s full name, home address, email address and telephone number(s) Any personal or financial interest in the subject matter must be disclosed
When sending by email, the letter’s text must be in the body. Attachments will not be opened or read.
Letters are edited for clarity, fact checked, and sometimes trimmed to fit the space available. Major edits are always cleared with the writer, as the opinions expressed are always the writer’s own.
Letters editor Mike Larabee choses letters to be included for the week; he looks for concise letters that offer new perspective or add depth to the subject matter.
Letters to the editor can be found here.

Maryland’s Death Penalty Repeal Efforts NEED YOU.

Thank youto all those who joined us this past week during Maryland’s Senate hearing. Yet, Maryland is very much in danger of keeping the death penalty, due to Senate opposition. 

Join us in speaking out against this cruel, discriminatory injustice.Write to your Editor today!! See our tips below :). Thank you!

Join us on March 20th, at 1:00 pm in Annapolis, for the House hearing. We need your support! 

———————————————————————————————————

Tips for Writing an Effective Letter to the Editor

1. Keep it short and stick to the subject. Long, meandering letters usually end up in the circular file. Short and to the point – just a few sentences – is your best bet.

2. Reference something you’ve read in that paper. Most of the time, a newspaper will only print a letter that responds to or comments on an article or another letter that recently appeared in that publication. Start with something like, “Concerning your article, …..” or “Although John Doe believes that…..”

3. Proofread your letter before sending it. Mistakes in grammar or spelling will only incline the editors to put your letter aside.

4. Don’t forget your address and phone number. Most newspapers will print a letter only after contacting the author to verify his or her identity. Don’t worry, your personal information will not be published with the letter.

5. Follow the newspaper’s own guidelines on letter submission. These can be found on the paper’s website. Below you will find instructions and contact information specific to various newspapers in Maryland, as well as The Washington Post.

6. If you do get published, let us know. Send a copy of your letter or a link to the site to one of our State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinators, Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com) or Kevin Scruggs (kevin.a.scruggs@gmail.com).


Letter to Editor Instructions

Sorted by Publication

Annapolis Capital

Email: capletts@capitalgazette.com

Mail:

            Letters to the Editor, The Capital

            P.O. Box 911

            Annapolis, MD 21404

Fax: 410-268-4643

Guidelines:

  • 1 letter per month, per sender
  • Letters must be 300 words or less
  • Include address and daytime phone number

Baltimore Sun

Email: talkback@baltimoresun.com

Mail:

            Talk Back

            The Sun, P.O. Box 1377

            Baltimore, MD 21278-0001

Fax: 410-332-6977

Guidelines:

  • All comments become property of The Baltimore Sun, which reserves the right to edit them
  • Include your name and address
  • Include both day and evening telephone numbers

Easton Star Democrat

Go to their submission page.

Username:

            thehatchergroup

Password:

            thg1234

Site Requests:

  • First, Last Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Letters must be 250 words or less

Frederick News-Post

Go to their submission page.

Site Requests:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Address
  • Home Phone
  • Business Phone (optional)

Guidelines:

  •  One letter per month, per writer
  • Letters limited to 200 words or less
  • The Frederick News-Post reserves the right to edit letters for content and length

The Gazette

Email: letters@gazette.net

OR

Go to their submission page.

Site Requests:

  • Full Name
  • Full Address
  • Daytime Phone Number
  • Evening Phone Number
  • Email Address

Guidelines:

  • The Gazette edits for brevity, grammar and clarity
  • Limit letters to one idea and 200 words or less
  • To be eligible for publication in the newspaper, letters must be received by noon Friday to run in the following week’s newspaper

Washington Post

Email (encouraged): letters@washpost.com

Mail:

            Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post

            1150 15th Street NW

            Washington, D.C. 20071

Guidelines:

  •  Letters should be 200 words or less
  • Prefer that the letter’s starting point reference an article or other item appearing in The Post
  • Letters to The Post may not have been submitted to, posted to or published by any other media
  • Include writer’s full name, home address, email address and telephone number(s) Any personal or financial interest in the subject matter must be disclosed
  • When sending by email, the letter’s text must be in the body. Attachments will not be opened or read.

Letters are edited for clarity, fact checked, and sometimes trimmed to fit the space available. Major edits are always cleared with the writer, as the opinions expressed are always the writer’s own.

Letters editor Mike Larabee choses letters to be included for the week; he looks for concise letters that offer new perspective or add depth to the subject matter.

Letters to the editor can be found here.

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