Letters to the Editor
Here are some of the latest and most interesting letters to the editors of local newspapers from the community.
Note: while we only post intelligent, informed letters, they do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the county or party.
Greetings -- My name is Jeff Rice and I hope what follows will be of assistance to those who wish to speak out in a public forum, but not sure how to do so. I began submitting letters to area newspapers as far back as the presidency of Ronald Reagan. There wasn’t any guideline to follow except for my desire to speak out so I sat down and started writing.
As the years passed I learned how to comply to the requirements of area newspapers. Basically it’s a 250 word limit and common sense after that...no profanity. Time between letters is 30 days before another can be submitted.
While my interests lie in political topics, people write about numerous items of interest they want others to read.
Letters can be drafted by hand and submitted via mail, or written on computer and sent electronically. Newspapers encourage citizens to write and they provide the ‘how to’ information on their opinion page.
Some papers call the writer for verification and some do not. My experience is the Dispatch/Argus always calls, while the QC Times does not, especially if they know you have written them previously.
The above publications have their own web sites, thus letters are published online as well as in print which mean your words reach far and wide across our nation. Now it’s time for the nuts and bolts so here goes. Shakespeare wrote, “brevity is the soul of wit.”
Once your first draft is completed, it’s time for the final touch. My suggestion is to sit down and get what you want to say off your chest...no matter how many words you write. Don’t worry about word count until you have set in print everything you want to express. Most of the time writers discover they have exceeded the word limit, so now the editing process begins.
With word processors, it’s easy to keep track by clicking onto ‘tools’ and seeing your word count. Here’s where saying the most in the fewest words count, making your letter capture the readers attention. This is where writers will delete sentences or entire paragraphs. Maybe move them around to a different place for maximum impact.
When writing it is helpful to use a dictionary and/or thesaurus in order to avoid using repeated words. If you follow the above guidelines, you are well on your way to making an impact to fellow citizens. Questions let me know. Jeff Rice
Feature Letter to the Editor
Letter: Our anthem must not be taken from within
by Jack Bocarrossa Moline Dispatch October 12, 2017
Football kickoff season is here with our national anthem sung weekly.
My father and uncles who fought in World War II certainly would not be happy about the disrespect being shown our flag and country in every NFL game. I served in the Army Reserves for seven years and also am proud of our country. I am depressed watching the spoiled brats sit, kneel or doing any other disrespectful gesture to our great nation and flag.
I always will stand tall with my hand on my heart honoring the American flag. When I see NFL athletes kneeling, defiant of our American flag, Gold star families and soldiers who lost their lives, I will stand taller.
Let's not let this issue divide us, for that is what our enemies want. Our national never will be taken from without, but from within. Your protest of these short-sighted people is to not watch or buy any NFL merchandise. These players' and owners' actions will have consequences, pay for players to be severely cut, profits nose dive and generally ignoring of the NFL. We'll be watching college football.
I am a conservative Christian, so when my life throws me a difficult time, it is my Christian faith kneeling to God, in prayer at the cross that gets me through.
So, when you see an athlete kneel on the field or on TV, switch the channel.