Letters Policy

“The Freeman’s Journal” and “Hometown Oneonta” welcome the opinions of our readers in the form of letters to the editor. We are interested in our readers’ thoughts on an article or other item appearing in the papers, or on timely general issues with local relevance in such areas as health, environment, education, etc.

Submissions must not be in bad taste and must refrain from attacking individuals without supporting documentation or a rational and legally defensible justification.

We reserve the sole discretion to decide whether or not a reader submission will be published. If a letter is selected for publication, it is understood that the author agrees to give us the right to publish it in both print and digital form.

Letters should not exceed 250 words. Letters exceeding this length could be subject to editing and may not be published in their entirety. 

Iron String Press does not as a general rule print form letters or letters which are also submitted to other newspapers. If a writer cannot assure us that their submission is individual and personal, it may be rejected. 

Send letters to info@allotsego.com. Your letter to the editor must include:

Your full name

Your complete address

Your telephone number

Your e-mail address (if applicable)

Your address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be printed in the newspaper, but rather will be used for verification by newspaper editorial staff.

Unsigned letters and letters containing personal attacks the newspaper deems to be of a libelous nature—or which are hostile, offensive, factually incorrect or excessively inflammatory—will not be published. 

We reserve the right to end debate on a topic after both sides have had ample opportunity to express their views. We reserve the right to edit or refuse all letters.

All columns and letters on the opinion page are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iron String Press, “The Freeman’s Journal” or “Hometown Oneonta.”

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