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On page five (and six) of every issue of the Pontiac Journal, we publish the    letters received from the public. Letters to the editor are among the most widely read features in any      newspaper, so these pages are a real opportunity for readers to get their voice heard and their opinions known.

On page five (and six) of every issue of the Pontiac Journal, we publish the    letters received from the public. Letters to the editor are among the most widely read features in any      newspaper, so these pages are a real opportunity for readers to get their voice heard and their opinions known.
Although letters to the editor can express anger about certain topics, they don’t have to be angry. There are many reasons to write: you think an issue is so important you have to speak out; to persuade    others to take action;           to express agreement or      disagreement with an     editorial or any of our     previous articles; to suggest an idea or influence public opinion; to educate the public on a specific matter;      influence policy-makers or elected officials or to      indicate support or criticism of politicians’ decisions, actions, and policies; to offer advice; prevent an issue from disappearing from the public eye or to remind the public about an issue; recognize certain people or acknowledge the success of an effort; to request information; to give compliments about a job well done or suggest how something should have been done; or to attract volunteers or program participants – to name but a few purposes of letters!
Writers’ opinions need not be limited to local     topics. They can also be about going to war in Iraq, American political hysteria, the increasing effects of climate change or about issues such as poverty,     cancer research, humanitarian aid, and more. The choices are yours.
Some topics are sensitive, and writers may feel uneasy about having their names attached. It is possible to remain anonymous, but only in cases where one’s job or one’s family might be threatened. In general, a nameless letter lacks credibility. Our democracy allows us all the right to express our opinions, even when they are unpopular. We do not publish or release phone numbers or contact information. There’s nothing to lose!
Letters are very important. They can offer a different viewpoint, tell a different side of a story, justify certain actions, and more. Most of all, they ensure the public is heard, and they provide feedback on what we publish. Letters are your means to improve the Journal.
We offer our readers a voice heard by more than just family and friends, and a way to get the word out to a larger audience and to social leaders. Why not use this advantage? Have your opinion and message       published in the most    widely read newspaper in the Pontiac. With over 9,000 copies distributed every issue, you are bound to get the public’s attention.
Letters can be sent by mail (289, route 148, CP279 Fort-Coulonge, QC J0X 1V0), fax (819-683-2977), email (editor@journalpontiac.com), or even over the telephone (819-683-3582) where I would be more than happy to type out your message.
Allyson Beauregard, Editor