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WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WORKS!




DrugSense FOCUS Alert #416 - Wednesday, 7 October 2009

September ended with 1,805 letters published in support of drug policy reform. If the trend continues this will be the largest number of published letters since 2005. Please click this link to see the counts http://www.mapinc.org/lte/ as shown in our published letters archive.

Please check out the Published Letters Awards page http://www.mapinc.org/lteaward.htm and the letter of writers recognized for the best letter of the week at http://www.mapinc.org/lte_awards/weekly.php

We will leave it up to you to speculate as to why there is a surge in LTE writing this year.

Most drug policy reform organizations encourage writing LTEs, for example:

How To Mount An Effective Letter Writing Campaign http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3464

Letters to the Editors http://ssdp.org/resources/media.php

Letters to the Editor How-To http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=310

How to Write Letters to the Editor http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/activist/howlte.htm

Tips from MAP's most successful letter writers include How to Write a Letter to the Editor http://www.mapinc.org/resource/how2lte.htm and Tips for Getting Letters to the Editor Published http://www.mapinc.org/resource/tips.htm

As suggested by MAP's top letter writers recent newspaper opinion items make the best targets for your letters. These may be found at http://www.mapinc.org/opinion.htm Other recent articles which could be letter writing targets may be accessed from the MAP home page www.mapinc.org

Since you are reading this you have the best tool to write LTEs already - internet access. Please help sustain the activism represented by all the reform oriented letters published so far this year.

Your letters to the editor are always helpful. Even if a newspaper does not publish your letter you have let that newspaper know that the issue you write about is important to you.




Prepared by: Richard Lake, Senior Editor www.mapinc.org

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