Special district elections are coming up next month. We have already been advised that a water pollution control district election and the park district election will be contested. And the letters have already begun coming our way. So once again we are using this space to emphasize the Great Neck Record policy regarding election time letters to the editor.
To be considered for publication, letters should be limited to 300 to 400 words tops. Letters longer than this most likely will not be used or may be shortened by the editor without contacting the writer.
In the last issue before an election, only letters expressing support for candidates will be accepted. Letters that would require a response from a candidate will not be used in the last issue before an election.
Generally speaking, letters from candidates will not be printed. However, there may be times when a letter from a candidate is warranted --- a judgment call on our part.
And --- very important --- we will never publish letters that we deem to contain slanderous or libelous statements nor statements that we know to be untrue or contain false information. Never! Here, too, we must make the judgment call as to what is acceptable to be printed in this newspaper.
Also, letters that contain massive amounts of facts and figures will generally not be published. We have neither the time, nor the staff, to extensively research a wealth of detailed information.
As usual, letters must be hand-signed and include an address and a daytime phone number for verification. To be accepted for publication, all letters to the editor must be typed; we will also accept letters emailed in a Word attachment only.
If your letter is not published, do re-read it and we are sure you will discover what has made it unacceptable. We simply cannot call every letter writer who chooses to ignore our guidelines. Please follow our guidelines and submit appropriate letters!
- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman