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The Journals letters to the editor policy
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It has come to the attention of the Journal editorial department that there is some confusion about letters to the editor.
The Journal accepts letters to the editor from any and all community members. Letters should ideally be 250 to 350 words or less, but we do accept longer letters. The author’s name and contact information are required for verification purposes. We do not accept anonymous letters to the editor. If you want to remain nameless, I suggest blogging.
The Journal regularly publishes every letter to the editor we receive that is written by a local resident, involves a topic other readers will be interested in and not obviously libelous.
We encourage community members to submit letters to the editor about current controversial topics. The public exchange of different opinions is vital to the health of our city, state and nation.
The letters to the editor which are published on the Journal’s Opinion page are just that — opinions. They are the opinions of local readers, not the Journal. When the Journal wishes to state an opinion, the title “Editor’s Note” will appear before the piece. Letters to the editor and opinion pieces written by community members and columnists are the opinions of those authors alone.
When a staff reporter, the editor or general manager writes an opinion piece — which is signified with a box including their name and photo — it is the opinion of that individual writer, not the Journal, unless otherwise noted.
Letters to the editor can be submitted via e-mail to, fax to 632-8813 or by mail to 138 S. Center St., Turlock, CA 95380.
If you have any questions about the Journal’s letters to the editor policy, please contact Kristina Hacker at 634-9141 ext. 2004.