Supporters of I-166 need to make their voices heard in communities across Montana. The whole nation is talking about Montana’s role in restoring clean elections, and it’s time for you to join the conversation by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) is often the easiest way to get your message in print and the LTE pages of some publications are often the most widely read sections. A letter can raise reader awareness of our issue and respond to information contained within an article published in the newspaper.
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- Billings Gazette (250 word limit)
- Bozeman Chronicle (300 word limit)
- Daily Inter Lake (300 word limit)
- Great Falls Tribune (250 word limit)
- Havre Daily News
- Helena Independent Record (200 word limit)
- Livingston Enterprise
- Miles City Star
- Missoulian (250 word limit)
- Montana Standard (400 word limit)
Drafting an LTE
- Keep it short. Check with your newspaper’s editorial department on the word limit requirements; this can often be done on-line, at the newspaper’s website. Editors may take the liberty of slicing out parts of your letter, so keeping your letter short also means that your important points won’t be left out.
- Be clear. Stick to one very clear point. In other words, what is the message you are trying to communicate?
- Personalize. Tell why you care about the issue.
- Make it local. How does this issue relate to the community?
- Be polite!
- Sign it. Include your name, address, and telephone number. And if you are mailing your letter in rather than sending it via email, don’t forget to also sign and date it. Many papers will call to confirm the author before printing the letter.
- Cite references. If you are writing in reference to a recent article, cite the headline and date in the first or second sentence of your letter.
Letters from I-166 Supporters
- 10/8 – Bozeman Chronicle – Support of I-166 step to restore balanced elections
- 9/24 – Missoulian – I-166 opponents invited to university campus debate tonight
- 9/23 – Ravalli Republic – Political ads: Reaffirm Montana's voting values
- 8/19 – Billings Gazette – I-166 guarantees vigorous debate on campaign finance
- 8/2 – Helena IR – A sensible amendment
- 7/31 – Billings Gazette – Initiative 166 links Montana’s past to present
- 7/26 – Montana Standard – Passage of I-166 a priority for Congressional delegation
- 7/17 – Missoulian – Clean up politics: Constitutional amendment a chance to save democracy from secret spending
- 7/10 – Missoulian – Citizens United: Send a message to our delegation
- 3/25 – Missoulian – Citizens United: fight back against justices' ruling