Many Tea Party members are not sure what their role is in the movement. If you are not comfortable with getting involved at the organizational level, there is a simple, effective, and very important role for each of you. You are our messengers. One of the most effective ways to promote the Tea Party message of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and adherence to the Constitution is by writing a letter to the editor. Well written letters supporting our cause can light brushfires in the minds of people who may not fully understand the nature of the challenges facing our country. They also give us an opportunity to show that freeing the individual from the chains of a bloated and oppressive government is the most effective way to raise every American’s liberty and ability to pursue happiness.
What makes a good letter to the editor?
Here are a few pointers for writing an effective letter to the editor:
- Grab the readers’ attention in the first sentence.
- State your opinion clearly in the first paragraph and repeat it in the last paragraph.
- Do not use personal attacks. Don’t rant.
- Back up your opinion with facts. Verify your facts.
- Giving your opinion is important, but you should also offer solutions. Remember though, often the best solution is to do nothing!
- Be positive! Explain the value of freedom. Be optimistic.
- Keep your letter to 250 words or less. This is very challenging, but many newspapers have word limits and readers will completely read a short letter.
- The Worcester Telegram has the widest readership in our area, but weekly local newspapers shouldn’t be overlooked. Your neighbors and friends are more likely to be influenced by your well written opinion.
- Get in the habit of writing letters every month. Most newspapers will limit you to once per 90 days, but if you choose three newspapers, then you can rotate one per month.
Some of our members have volunteered to help with proof reading letters and helping you polish your message. They can offer as much or as little help as you need. You can contact them at:Letters@www.worcesterteaparty.com.
You can use the same email address to tell us when your letter is published, so we can let everyone know to comment on it. Be prepared to be ridiculed in the online comments. Don’t respond with the same kind of vile nastiness that they throw at you. If we can get our message out this way we can influence public opinion and ensure that our children will live in culture that values freedom.