The Sopris Sun

That’s just, like, your opinion

As a reader-supported nonprofit newspaper, The Sopris Sun makes a special effort to provide a public platform for the full breadth of experience and opinion in our community.

We publish the vast majority of letters to the editor and guest columns we receive, but due to space constraints or conscience, we occasionally leave some out. This is typically left to my editorial discretion, but in the interest of maximum transparency, this is an attempt to codify how we prioritize our opinion section.

First off, let me paint a picture of the ideal letter – the kind I’d feature first and be least likely to cut. It’s from a local source on a local topic. It’s a perspective we haven’t heard before from someone we don’t always hear from. It’s thought provoking, fair and well reasoned, not spiteful or mean. Bonus points if it comes in the form of a haiku.

Now, the reality of the letter section isn’t going to look like that. There’s only so much poetry in pitching your favorite political candidate, thanking the sponsors for your event or providing feedback to the paper — all important ingredients in the mix. But in choosing which pieces get prime placement and which get delayed or cut, here are a few things we consider:

By the way, hate speech and defamation (as legally defined) are the two things that will warrant outright refusal to publish. We like The Post Independent’s policy against using “illegal” as a pejorative noun for a human being. And while you’re welcome to criticize the actions of a public figure, we’re not the place for you to belittle your neighbors, make unsubstantiated accusations or advocate for anything illegal.

We’re confident most people can make their point without all that. Feel free to contact us if you have problems with these guidelines or, better yet, write a letter.