Editorial: If you agree or disagree, speak out in letters

Published 10:56 am Thursday, March 30, 2017

Every once in a while, we receive phone calls or emails from members of the community who aren’t happy with a letter to the editor that printed on the Opinion Page in the newspaper.

The Opinion Page is a space where ideas are shared — one person might have one political leaning, another letter writer might have another. The beauty of that page is that people can voice their concerns and beliefs ­— whatever they may be.

We recognize not everyone will be happy and agree with everything written in the newspaper. At a highly polarized time in our nation’s history, it is not difficult to find differences in opinion.

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We would ask that if you disagree with what someone has written, speak out and write a letter to the editor in response.

Never written a letter to the editor before? There are a few rules letter writers must follow.

Letters can be sent via mail to Letters to the Editor, Albert Lea Tribune, 808 W. Front St., Albert Lea, MN 56007 or via email to letters@albertleatribune.com. Letters cannot exceed 500 words and must have one author.

Letters must include address and telephone number for verification purposes; however, only your name and city of residence will be printed. Each author may write one letter per calendar week, and letters are published as soon as space allows.

All writers who adhere to our guidelines will have their opinions printed in the newspaper.