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POSTED: July 12, 2012 3:00 p.m.

The July 31 primary Election Day is just around the corner, and with early voting already under way, we’d like to remind our readers of our policy regarding campaign-related letters to the editor.

We at the Bryan County News welcome letters from both voters and candidates — and all letters submitted will be considered for publication as long as they meet our normal letter policies. Those policies include:

- A 350-word limit.

- A signature – no anonymous letters will be printed – with address and phone number for verification purposes with all submissions.

- Letters from listed officers of a political campaign will not be accepted (specific to election season).

The editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit them for clarity, brevity, accuracy and good taste and to avoid libel. We do not accept letters that attack private individuals and businesses or that contain accusations of alleged criminal behavior. Letters needing to be transcribed may take longer to be published. Letters will be published in order in which they are received.

Our goal is to treat all candidates in every race fairly and impartially. New allegations and issues will not be introduced to the public in such a manner as to preclude time for a response from involved candidates. Letters related to political campaigns will not be published after Saturday, July 21.

Letters to the editor serve to enlighten debate and can be help readers understand issues from all perspectives. The Bryan County News encourages readers to submit letters to the editor. These guidelines are intended are to promote fair debate for our readers who will be deciding the communities’ future leaders.

 

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