Letters are welcome on any topic, but preference will always be given to subjects of local interest. Please keep letters as concise as possible - this will make them more likely to be published.

The editor reserves the right to edit or condense contributions.

Please include your full name and postal address, even if you are asking us not to print the full address. Please also include phone number (for our reference, not for publication).

Anonymous letters will not even be considered. Writers who have concerns about revealing their identity are free to ask us not to publish it, but please remember that unless there seems to be a logical reason (genuine fears for personal safety, for instance) the letter is less likely to be used.

In e-mails, please observe the same rules of punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc, as you would when writing in more traditional fashion. Submissions which present too much of a problem in editing will not be considered.

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