With the general election roughly one month away, we believe it is important to reiterate our letters to the editor policy so all candidates and individuals have a fair chance to be heard.

We welcome letters to the editor. As has been our policy since our inception, we will not print libelous letters. Also, on Nov. 1, the last issue before the election, we will not print letters containing “parting shots,” or negative attacks on a candidate that do not allow for a response in print before the election.

We expect a high volume of letters to the editor and, as such, we will be running letters as space allows. Placement will be determined as the letters arrive and as space allows.

Each letter must bear the writer’s full name, full address and telephone number (for verification purposes only). We will not publish a letter unless a phone number is provided.

We correct errors of spelling and punctuation, and edit letters to conform to Independent style. We may condense letters for brevity.

Letters should be no more than 450 words. Proposed guest view columns should be no more than 750 words.

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