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Guidelines for political letters and news

The last day to submit a letter about a political candidate or issue is at 5 p.m. Friday, March 6 and we will publish those submissions through Saturday, March 14.

After that, no letters endorsing either a candidate or an issue will be published in the days leading up to the Tuesday, March 17, 2020 election.

The Ironton Tribune welcomes letters to the editor as part of a community discussion of issues on the local, state and national level. Emailed letters are preferred.

Handwritten or typed letters must be signed. All letters need to include full name, address and phone number; only name and city will be printed. Letters should be limited to about 300 words. Letters are subject to editing for length, grammar and clarity.

Publication of any letter is not guaranteed and depends on space available and the volume of letters received.

Libelous, argumentative and anonymous letters or poetry will not be published.

• Election-related letters MUST address pertinent or timely issues of interest to our readers at large.

• Letters must ensure any information about a candidate is accurate, fair and not from second-hand knowledge or hearsay.

• Letters should explain the reasons to support candidates based on personal experience and perspective rather than partisanship and campaign-style rhetoric.

• Candidates themselves may not use the letters to the editor column to outline their views and platforms or to ask for votes; this constitutes paid political advertising.

• The newspaper strongly encourages writers to limit letters to 300 words or less.

• All letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writer. Electronic letters must include address and telephone number of the sender. Phone numbers are for questions and verification purposes only and will not be published.

• As with all letters and advertising content, the newspaper, at the sole discretion of the publisher and editorial board reserves the right to reject any letter that doesn’t follow the above criteria.