Get election letters in by Oct. 30

We are flooded with letters to the editor in advance of the Nov. 6 election, and we love it. It’s great to see so many people passionate about having a voice in the direction of our nation, state and county government.

A letter to the editor is an excellent, free opportunity to spread the word and sway others toward your point of view. Of course, your letter is only as effective as what you have to say and how you say it.

From a practical standpoint, we also appreciate that people have submitted letters well ahead of the election, giving us plenty of time to fit them onto the Opinion page.

Nevertheless, we expect to get a whole lot more in the upcoming weeks. We want to fit them all into the paper, so to avoid a last-minute crunch, we are asking people to submit all election-related letters a week before Election Day. We’re setting a deadline of Tuesday, Oct. 30, when we close our office doors at 5:30 p.m.

If you miss the deadline by a little bit, we will still try to get your letter in the paper before Election Day, but we can’t guarantee it. However, we do guarantee that any letter that meets our guidelines and is submitted by the deadline will run before Election Day.

Our standard letter guidelines apply. We require the writer’s first and last name and hometown. We will publish only one opinion piece per person per month, so if you want to endorse multiple candidates, you’ll have to fit it all into a single letter. With our generous 500-word length limit, that shouldn’t be hard. We do fact-check letters to the editor, and we’ve been busy on that front so far this election season — so please make sure you have solid sources for your statements of fact and provide those sources with your letter. As former New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

To save space, we will not publish photos or other images with letters before Election Day, and we will not publish endorsements as longer Guest Commentary essays. We might consider Guest Commentaries that contribute valuable political information or analysis, but for endorsements, we will ask the writers to shorten them to letter length.

If you haven’t been following the letters so far this election season, they’re worth reading. You can catch up on them and back issues or on our website.

Newspaper opinion pages are truly America’s great equal-opportunity forum of ideas. We are thrilled to see ours vibrant with so much engagement. Write on!


Electronic submissions are preferred. Here are the two best ways:

1. Email it to Managing Editor Peter Crowley at

2. Click “Submit News” at the top of our website below the Adirondack Daily Enterprise script. Or click here for a shortcut.