What Good Does it do to Write a Letter to the Editor?

Over 260,000 people read the Ventura County Star. That’s over half the number of registered voters in Ventura County! That’s many times more than the number of people that decide elections!

If you have never written a Letter to the Editor, the following link is a 4 ½-minute how-to recording from CCL Communications Director Steve Valk:

Podcast: How to Construct a Letter to the Editor

Civic leaders and elected officials read the VC Star to learn what the community is doing and what it cares about. Most of the VC Star‘s letters  to the editor being printed right now have a conservative slant, often on relatively trivial subjects, sometimes supportive of all of the injustices flowing from the new administration, replete with the lamest arguments.

The editor wants better letters! He cannot print them if we don’t write them. Community leaders may think nobody cares enough about issues to write a couple hundred words why it’s important.

Contacting the Star

Preferred method: Send by e-mail to letters@vcstar.com. Please note, the Star 
will not accept and will not open e-mails that include attachments.

Editor's Letters, Ventura County Star
P.O. Box 6006
Camarillo, CA 93011

Compare marching to writing a letter. The influence on the media and the elected is potentially incomparable from writing a letter. Those who can only march, organize a march. Those who can write a letter need to write. It’s not hard, costs nothing and you don’t even have to leave home.

(And if you feel you need an editor, email your letter to the oft-published Margaret first at mrgrtmorris@charter.net – she’ll be happy to take a look at it and offer suggestion!)

Even if our letters are not published, they inform the newspaper that we care.

VC Star's Letter to the Editor Guidelines
-Keep letters short. No more than 300 words.
-Address only one topic in the letter. This will help keep it short.
-If the letter is in response to something published in The Star, please include
 the date the item appeared and the headline on the item.
-Most important, include your full name (not partial initials), full home street
 address and phone number on each letter you submit. E-mail addresses also are
 welcome. If your letter is published, you will only be identified by your name 
 and city of residence.
-All letters are subject to editing.

You may also write in to the VC Reporter at editor@vcreporter.com
a
nd the Ventura Breeze at publisher@venturabreeze.com

Let’s get to writing!