You do not have to be the only one to write the letter: letters are often published with multiple signers. You also don’t have to be the only one to write a letter. Several people may write letters on the same topic with the same or slightly different points, and submit them a few days apart, so that the issue stays on the Letters page for a period of time. If you have talented writers in your group, you might encourage one of them to write an editorial article or an "Op-Ed" – that is, an opinion editorial that is usually printed on the citizen opinion page. Most of all, don't limit your communications. Brainstorm for ideas in your group – how can you further your goals by speaking to the readers of your community paper?
What are the most common reasons for rejection? The most prevalent reason is competition. On a typical day The Oregonian may receive up to 100 "In My Opinion" submissions but publish only one. Many of the offerings we receive are simply too long, making points that could have been made in letters to the editor (maximum 250 words, to [email protected] ). Others are turned down because they lack universal interest or repeat a point of view that has already been aired recently in letters or op-ed pieces. Many unsuccessful submissions lack appeal to a wide range of readers or delve into nonlocal subjects that we prefer to leave to the national columnists.