August 3, 2019 | Topics: Issues
Let’s not let things get to the point where we see “For Sale” signs on our parks!
We need your help protecting the parks and the public interest. In the face of the recent suggestion that Milwaukee County might consider selling park assets for financial reasons we would like you to know that Preserve Our Parks is categorically opposed and is working to ensure that parks obtain stable, secure and sustainable funding without divesting any parks or park lands. You can help by writing a letter to the editor, to County Executive Abele, and to your Milwaukee County supervisor.
Talking points on county parks funding issue
The following talking points can be woven into your letter to the editor or letter to your local county supervisor. The best approach is to choose one or two points that resonant with you most and add your own story and perspective to support it.
Letters to the editor/representatives guidelines
Letters to the editor and to your local representatives are an effective way of letting decision-makers and the public know how you feel about an issue. Letters also help drive public discussion and shape public policy regarding an issue. Below are some tips to assist you in your letter writing:
Particularly for letters to the editor, letters that are short and timely are much more likely to get printed. Keep letters to under 200 words and “peg” them to a recent news story, issue or event.
If your letter is directed to a local leader, it is also important to be timely and concise, but you don’t need to worry as much about length as long as you remain on topic. Find your County Supervisor here.
Letters that speak from the heart are more
effective than ones that simply list facts. Make sure the audience
understands why you feel the way you do about an issue, and don’t be
afraid to use the first person. Use the talking points above to get you started.
Using your personal email account and your
home address will increase the likelihood of getting a letter printed if you
are sending a letter to an editor. Your local representative may also request
your home address to ensure you are one of their constituents.
Not all letters to the editor get printed, so trying more than once or at more than one paper can increase your chances of having a letter printed. Someone at the newspaper may call you to make sure you wrote the letter and tell you it will be published.
If you are sending a note to your local representative, he or she will likely acknowledge your letter, though it may take some time to respond.