Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) of your local newspaper or news website is a critical action you can take right now to help stop the pipeline.
They are very powerful tools to get your voice heard not only by fellow Nebraskans, but by elected officials as well — since they read the local papers to get a gauge on how the public feels about key issues.
You can also send similar letters to your church newsletter, or send to your personal email contacts list in order to spread the word. Below you will find tips, contact info to submit your LTE to local publications, and recent letters that fellow citizens have seen published in their local papers.
Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor (LTE):
- Start with a catchy opening, and make your point clearly in the first paragraph.
- Papers have different guidelines, which are posted on their websites. Most require you to keep your letter to 200-300 words.
- State facts, but don’t overuse numbers. Letters that explain why you personally are opposed to the pipeline or are advocating for or against an issue help the reader connect with you more than if you just cite numbers.
Where to Send Your Letter:
- Omaha World-Herald, email@example.com
- Norfolk Daily News, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lincoln Journal-Star, email@example.com
- Daily Nebraskan (UNL)
- Fremont Tribune
- Grand Island Independent
- Kearney Hub
- Hastings Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org
- North Platte Telegraph
- Columbus Telegram, email@example.com
- McCook Daily Gazette, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scottsbluff Star-Herald
Published Examples of a Letter to the Editor:
- Britton Bailey wrote in the Lincoln Journal Star on the conflict of interest of the Nebraska Dept of Environmental Quality (DEQ) report
- Dr. Cleve Trimble wrote in the York News Times how TransCanada has not yet told us how they will clean up the Aquifer
- Teri Taylor wrote a letter about how the re-route still crosses the Sandhills
- Cindy Myers wrote about her concerns with health and water in the Lincoln Journal Star and how the “new” route still is a problem
- Randy Thompson wrote about LB 1161 and has other letters about property rights
- If your letter to the editor is published, email us the link and we will post it here: email@example.com