We welcome letters and opinion essays (commentary) that are well written, thoughtful and thought-provoking on a variety of topics.
Letters must be 350 or fewer words. They must not include Web addresses, phone numbers or addresses, or material pulled from another source without attribution.
Letters must also not contain too much personal information or include personal attacks, hate language, insinuations or potentially libelous statements or allegations.
We do not accept letters of endorsement for businesses or candidates or letters that include solicitations of donations.
We only accept letters from readers in our circulation area or those letters that bring up issues specific to our area.
Letters may address or be a rebuttal to a letter to the editor, commentary or news story, but only one rebuttal letter of 350 words or less will be accepted per letter writer.
Commentaries must be no longer than 750 words.
For commentaries, please submit a color photo for publication, and an email address that readers can respond to is encouraged. Please include a brief biography at the end of your commentary.
There is no guarantee that submissions will be accepted.
All letters and commentaries that are accepted will be edited.
Letters that discuss an upcoming election must not include a statement of a direct endorsement.
We will accept one letter in a 30-day time period per writer about a specific candidate.
We will stop accepting submissions about election issues or candidates at 5 p.m. Oct. 25.
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail them to:
152 N. Holliday St.
Strasburg, Va. 22657