Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi
For many obvious reasons people will write to express their opinions in your letters to the editor column and from my view point they are; 1] Mainly because the Fiji Sun has a bigger circulation reach to the many readers throughout the country.
2] It is because you are giving the writer their freedom and the opportunity to express their feelings freely on certain issues they feel important about at national level or from a personal experience good or bad which they will want to share so that others may take some positives from in the process.
3] The letters must be simple, factual, well researched and sensibly easy to digest in order you get your message across to your audience through very simple English applications and terminologies making it easy for them to understand and enjoy reading it.
4] It is very important for writers to understand that if ones letter is put through a class room of 100 people there will also accordingly be 100 different interpretations to its meanings; it is simply because that is how they see it from their own perspective and it must be clear cut, constructive and relevant to the issue or point.
An advice to my fellow writers, please do not give up if your letter is not printed but keep writing, it will get printed one day. Interestingly many readers from around the country tell me that they only buy the Fiji Sun to only read the front page, letters to the editor and the sports news because that kick starts their day.
As ardent critics, we provide a difference in views to your opinions column and your newspaper. I would also like to one day see the Fiji Sun include a one page letters to the editor translation in the itaukei and Hindustan vernacular for the convenience of others; it will certainly make Fiji Sun more popular. I am personally grateful to the sponsors from Courts mega store Fiji wide and to your news paper for the opportunity, the made in India Micromax phone is certainly a bonus.