Write A Letter

Fact:
Nationwide gas prices have shot past $3.00 per gallon.  Analysts say the price could reach $4.00 per gallon by the end of 2005.

SUV Solution:
At $3.00 per gallon, the Guardian XSE would save you over $3000 compared to the Ford Explorer over the course of a standard 3-year lease.  At $4.00 per gallon, the savings jump to over $4,000.

 

Find below a sample letter to the editor to help you get started. Remember, referencing a topical article, editorial, or op-ed from your local paper gives you a greater chance of having your letter published. The vast majority of newspapers now allow your letters to be e-mailed, so just go to the website of your local paper and find out where to send your letter. Remember that if you get published, let us know about it at SUVSolutions@ucsusa.org. Happy writing, and good luck.

Sample Letter to the Editor:


Everyone is complaining about high gas prices, and rightly so.  Some are pointing the finger at SUV owners as part of the problem, but the problem isn’t the owner, it’s the limited SUV limited, gas-thirsty options automakers have given consumers. 

The Union of Concerned Scientists has developed a blueprint for an SUV that, for a minimal price increase, could save thousands of lives from rollover and crash-related accidents, get 30 percent better gas mileage, and not sacrifice an inch of room or an ounce of power.

SUV drivers deserve better choices. Just like seat belts and air bags were, these improvements are already feasible and long overdue. It's about time Detroit and Washington made the safety of our families and our environment a priority.

Sincerely,
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Tips on getting your letter printed:

  • Keep it concise. We usually aim for under 200 words.

  • Keep it focused. With such a short format, you can make only one or two points and remain persuasive.

  • Create a local angle—show how the issue directly affects the reader.

  • Be timely. If you are responding to an article, send the letter off within two or three days of the article, especially if you are snail mailing it.

  • Use your own words. Editors become wary if they receive multiple letters that sound identical.  Plus you will be more persuasive in your own voice.

  • Link legislators and policymakers to the issue. When appropriate, identify a specific elected official.