Letter to the Editor Toolkit

Tips for Writing & Submitting a Letter to the Editor

Even in today’s digital age, politicians still read Letters to the Editor to get a finger on the pulse of the voters. Newspaper editors use letters to the editor to determine what issues to cover, and what slant to take. 

Now is the time for newspapers to be filled with thoughtful, personal letters from people like you alerting the public to the CPUC’s extreme rooftop solar proposal. 

Tips for Drafting and Submitting Your Letter to the Editor

  1. Your letter should be 150 words.
  2. Reference the CPUC’s latest rooftop solar proposal and that it is still too extreme, and that Gov. Newsom needs to show leadership and step in.
  3. Then write, in your own words why you believe that to be the case. Statistics are good, not required, and use only one. Here’s a fact sheet with info. 
  4. Make it personal. Use plain language, from the heart. 

How to submit your letter

Submission instructions vary by newspaper. Here is a list of most of the state’s major newspapers and info about submitting a letter. Follow their instructions carefully to ensure your letter is considered. 

Need more guidance?

Email info@solarrights.org if you have questions.