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Letters to the Editor

The Emmitsburg News-Journal welcomes your comments and opinions. To submit a letter to the editor, please include your full name, address and day and night telephone numbers for verification purposes.

Letters to the Editor can be submitted by email, fax or in person at our offices. The deadline is the 18th of each month.

Letters may be edited for clarity and length.

To submit a letter by email, using your own email program please click on the link below (or send it to us at or use the form below.

We read every letter we receive, and we appreciate the interest and value the views of those who take the time to send us their comments. Due to space limitations, however, all letters are subject to abridgment and the determination of relevance by the Editor. Because of the volume of letters we receive, we cannot respond individually to the authors of letters we are unable to use.

If you prefer to send your letter by surface mail, please send to the following address:

Emmitsburg News-Journal
1 East Mail Street
P.O. Box 543
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727

We will not publish hand written and/or unsigned letters. No advertising will be allowed unless it promotes or benefits a non-profit organization. The Emmitsburg News-Journal will not published letters it considers pejorative.

Letters that, in the Editor's view, require a response from the authors of the article will be held pending notification of the authors, who will have fifteen business days to respond. On receipt of an author's response, the letter and the author response will be published on our web site at the same time. If we do not receive an author response within fifteen business days, the letter will be published with a note stating, "The author has been invited to respond and has not done so."

A writer decreases his or her chances of being selected for publication if the letter exceeds that 600 words in length. Please do not submit a letter more frequently than once every three months to give other readers a chance to express their opinions. If your letter is selected for publication, you may be called for verification.

Tables and illustrations, while rarely necessary, must be e-mailed separately to When e-mailing such material, clearly identify the letter with which it should be included by providing the title and authors of the article and the authors of the letter. Electronic illustrations must be in TIFF format. Do not embed images into other software programs (e.g., a word processing program). Note we do not accept Excel or PowerPoint files. Image files should be named appropriately, including the number of the figure (e.g., Figure1.tif, Figure2.eps, etc.). When using a digital camera to create your images, we recommend, if possible, that you set the camera to save in TIFF format (not JPEG), set the resolution to a minimum of 300 ppi (pixels per inch), and set the size of the image to 5 × 7 in (127 × 178 mm). The resolution of your electronic images is critical and is directly linked to how well they will appear when printed.