At Interim Session on Wednesday at the State Capitol, Rep. Ray Ward’s Family Planning Service Amendments passed a vote in the Health and Human Services Interim Committee to be recommended as a committee bill during the State Legislative Session starting in January. That means this bill will get priority during the Session. Thanks to everyone who wrote to the committee asking for their support!
Following Wednesday’s committee vote, an op-ed was published in the Salt Lake Tribune declaring “The only man in Utah we want touching our birth control is Rep. Ray Ward“. This good bill continues to need strong support of the legislature, not only in passing it, but also in funding it fully to reap the full benefits (and ultimately save the state lots of money!). And one of the best ways to encourage legislators to support the bill is to write about it in a letter to the editor to your local paper, responding to this great oped and the news about the vote by the Interim Committee.
Letters to the editor (LTEs) are a terrific tool for community advocacy because they:
- Get the attention of our decision makers
- Help sway public opinion
- Highlight issues that need more public attention
- Don’t take much time to write
The best part is that LTEs can be written by ordinary community members like you and me. No experience necessary! But we do suggest following a few guidelines to make your letter as publishable and effective as it can be. Check out our TIPS on How to Write an Effective Letter to the Editor.
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Take 15 minutes to write a quick letter to the editor. Then send it to us! We have copyeditors waiting in the wings to help you with your letter! Don’t forget to let us know if your letter gets published!
CALL TO ACTION
- Write a letter to the editor to call on our legislators to represent the will of their constituents and begin a discussion about climate change at the state legislature and what positive actions can be taken to mitigate its impacts. Click here for talking points and information about this issue. Don’t be shy! Letters are only about 200 words and can take just 15 minutes to write!
- Does your draft need help? Feel free to send it to us for copyediting help to ensure your letter is as effective and publishable as possible.
- Submit your letter to your local paper. You can also submit it to several papers at once and hope to get published in multiple places.
- Did your letter get published? Send us the link! We want to share your letter across social media and get it more attention!