Connect with the Public and Elected Officials

Write a Letter to the Editor

The debate around how to best protect wild rice is constantly changing course as different legislative hearings, rulings, and new research emerges. To complete this assignment, do a search using Google news to determine what is the latest news regarding wild rice in Minnesota.

After you’ve conducted your initial research, draft a letter to the editor with your perspective of what can and should happen based on the most recent events.

Search a for a regional publication that you would submit the letter to and follow their guidelines in terms of length (up to 250 words is typical).


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Why write a letter to the editor?

“Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) of your local or regional newspaper is an effective and easy way to reach a large audience with your message. LTEs are printed on the editorial page, which is one of the most read pages in the paper. Congressional staffers also tell us that members of congress keep a close eye on media coverage, including LTEs, in their local papers so they can keep a 'pulse' on issues of importance to their constituents. Having a strong letter published helps you reach both a wide public audience and your elected officials with the same effort! ”

Union of Concerned Scientists