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: US must fix immigration issues
by Dr. Richard "Bud" Phillis Moline Dispatch January 21, 2018
There is much talk about Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Exactly what it is and how it differs from the Dream Act is difficult to discover. The concerns about illegals must be solved in the not-too-far distant future.
I look at this as a very complex set of facts. The inflow of any more illegal people must be stopped by Congress. To do that, the border between America and Mexico must be secure, which most likely will require a wall.
In 1940 or ’41 the Pentagon was designed and constructed in 18 months. If that could be done, there is no good reason that a wall couldn’t follow a similar path.
The cost, $18 billion plus or minus, is not the problem. There is so much waste and duplication in Washington that more than $100 billion could be found by simply implementing some of the items in the Bowles/Simpson report.
The construction of the wall would be followed by some time period, at least two years, to let the effect of the wall in reducing the inflow of illegals take effect. Legal immigration was canceled for 20 years between the 1920s and the 1940s.
The main obstacle is the ESTABLISHMENT, both Democrats and Republicans, are gutless in the sense of doing what is best for the country and not for their parties.
I’m so disappointed that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are among the establishment. Thomas Jefferson said, “In terms of style swim with the stream: in matters of principle stand like a rock."