Write Letters to the Editor
“Letters to the editor and opinion pieces are very powerful advocacy tools. The editorial section of a newspaper is widely read by the public and is monitored by elected officials. In a letter to the editor or opinion piece, you can bring up information not addressed in a news article, and can create the impression of widespread support or opposition to an issue.” – NCTE
Want to have real impact on your elected officials and the public? Write a letter to the editor (LTE) of your local newspaper! Below we have links for newspapers throughout Congressional District 8. If you feel you’ve written a good letter, send it on to one or more of these papers – no reason to limit yourself to only the Morongo Basin.
Got something to say, but not sure how to write an effective letter and get it submitted? Indivisible Morongo Basin has a Letters-to-the-Editor Mentor Team that will be happy to help you; just contact us here.
More resources: Indivisible National has a new guide for how to write letters that really get attention! Other on-line sources for guidance: American Library Association, Community Tool Box, WikiHow, National Council of Teachers of English
Local (Morongo Basin)
Hi-Desert Star (Yucca Valley) – Editor e-mail: email@example.com
The Desert Trail (29 Palms) – Editor e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Both use this form for Letters to the Editor and Twitter Handle: @HiDesertPubCo
Call local media to express your opinions
On 107.7 the Up Close Show hosted by Gary Daigneault can be heard every Friday from 10-11AM.
Some weeks the show has a featured guest and topic but many weeks the forum is open to discuss whatever is on the mind of local citizens.
You can join the discussion each week. Call in live 760-366-8471. Or you can even direct your questions and letters to Gary in advance by emailing him at email@example.com.