About po­lit­i­cal letters

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Dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, The En­ter­prise will not print letters from can­di­dates in con­tested races com­ment­ing on the is­sues or stat­ing po­si­tions. That would clog our letters page with what would amount to free ad­ver­tis­ing from can­di­dates.

The only ex­cep­tions to that rule are when a can­di­date is: (1) re­ply­ing to ed­i­to­rial crit­i­cism from The En­ter­prise;

(2) dis­put­ing news re­port­ing; or

(3) re­ply­ing to an in­ac­cu­rate at­tack from an­other let­ter writer.

Even then, such letters of re­ply may be printed at the sole dis­cre­tion of the edi­tor. And the size limit on those letters from po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates is the same as for all letters on this page: 600 words.

Since Elec­tion Day is now about a month away, we aim to be es­pe­cially careful to al­low po­lit­i­cal let­ter writ­ers a fair chance to get their sub­mis­sions pub­lished, but also to al­low am­ple time for re­but­tal. There­fore, the ab­so­lute deadline for any po­lit­i­cal let­ter to be con­sid­ered will be at noon on Mon­day, Oct. 29. Letters af­ter that will not be pub­lished in print, but like all letters that have been vet­ted and approved, they will be posted on our web­site.

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