Letters to the editor: Maximum length: 250 words. Frequency limit: once every 30 days.
Guest columns: Maximum length: 500 words. Frequency limit once every 30 days.
• Include writer’s full name, address and daytime phone number (address and phone number for verification only).
• Include links or sources of facts that can be confirmed.
• Be original content written by the submitter – no form letters or third-party letters.
• Spell out acronyms and refrain from specialized jargon.
• No libel (false and damaging statements about another person).
• No profanity.
• No petitions.
• No poetry.
• The Gazette may edit guest content for length, redundancy, clarity, civility and accuracy.
In all guest content, The Gazette’s Insight team prefers local opinions concerning timely local issues. Opinions that focus more on the writer’s own thoughts, ideas and reasoning than on attempts to discredit opposing views. We prefer authors that take the high road – using logic and argument to support their position rather than sarcasm and name-calling to tear others down.
Submissions must come from individual writers, even when representing a group or organization’s opinion. Content should focus more on the public interest issue than on that group or organization – we do not print press releases or promotional material.
We prefer letters and guest columns that don’t simply point out problems (although that’s important), but also propose solutions. Those that invite our audience to engage with the community and offer ideas about how they might do so.
We expect guest columns to offer a unique and informed perspective about current matters of public interest. We prefer columns from writers who have professional expertise or personal experience with the issue about which they are writing. We rarely publish personal essays or guest columns opining about national events without some significant local angle or authorial credentials.