Letter Submission Guidelines

1. We welcome reader letters of 250 words or fewer and guest columns of 450 to 500 words.

2. If addressing theology, do so only in the context of public policy debates.

3. We strongly encourage a civil tone. No epithets or name-calling.

4. Include your last name and either your first name or first and middle initials, plus a city. Letters must also include an address and daytime phone number, which we use to verify authorship, but which we keep confidential.

5. Do not try to pass off someone else’s work as your own. This is called plagiarism.

6. Letter submissions should be from within our circulation area.

7. Preference is given to timely letters and columns.

8. Please limit your submissions to two per month. To keep space available for everyone, we may be forced to hold letters from frequent contributors.

9. We will not print the following:

-Purely theological or religious themes, or works displaying prejudice against a minority, religious or ethnic group

-An endorsement or attack on a business or product; or works about a civil dispute not of general public interest

-Letters advocating violence of any sort

-Form letters, letters generated as part of an organized group effort, or thank you letters directed to a long list of recipients

-Entire Dictionary definitions

-Entire Bible passages

-Poems

-Businesses advertisements

-Political endorsements

-Letters from anonymous authors. This goes beyond unsigned commentary. It also means no aliases or made-up names.We don’t publish opinions that are falsely signed or “written by” animals, fictional characters, friends, spouses or family members. All commentary should be written and signed by the actual author or authors.

10. Fact-check your work. Don’t attempt to pass off as fact rumor, innuendo, suspicion or falsehoods you read somewhere on the Internet. Most Internet sources are not reliable.

11. Interpretation and enforcement of this policy is at the sole discretion of the Post Register’s editors.