As of Tuesday, January 13, 2015
OMAK Chronicle readers don’t miss an opportunity to voice their opinions through letters to the editor.
This week, we continue a longstanding tradition of recognizing the year’s letter writers.
Letters to the editor provide an opportunity for readers to express their views on matters of public interest. They are a vital part of our country’s cherished rights to a free press and freedom of speech.
We appreciate people who write to the editor to express their views on local, state, national and international concerns.
We print nearly every letter we get — a few don’t make it because they are libelous or in poor taste, or make malicious attacks on individuals or businesses. A small handful arrives anonymously; they aren’t printed, either.
Freedom of speech — including expressing viewpoints, and questioning and criticizing the government — is one of these rights we hold dear.
With that right comes the obligation to exercise it responsibly. That’s why we at The Chronicle place restrictions on what gets printed.
We try to run them all, except thank you letters, within our guidelines.
Keep in mind, there is a 250-word limit on letters to the editor. Letters serve many purposes. You can get something off your chest, clarify a situation, ask a question, provide an answer or seek accountability from governmental bodies.
As you can see, we try to be responsible in our role as a messenger.
Letters can be mailed to The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, Attn.: Letter to the Editor, P.O. Box 553, Omak, WA 98841; dropped off at The Chronicle office, 618 Okoma Drive, Omak or emailed to news@omak chronicle.com.
We encourage you to exercise one of your basic rights by writing to us, as these readers did in 2014 (those with more than one letter are noted in parentheses):
Balboni, Michael L.
Enzensperger, Joseph (5)
Friedman, Mitch (2)
Fryer, Alene Ewer
Goodwin, Robert F.
Haase, Sandy and Vern
Hartzell, Ward (5)
Huhn, Bill (2)
James, Greg (2)
Jarvis, Michael W.
Johnson, S.T. (2)
Knox, Michael (3)
Mallinger, John D. “Jack” (2)
Mazzetti, Michael “Buffalo” (2)
Miller, James (4)
Moses, Harvey Jr.
Mulliken, Mike and Joyce
Opliger, Rocky W.
Patrick, Paige (2)
Perkel, Marc (2)
Roga, Michelle A.
Rose, Tom and Melissa
Slusher, William (2)
Soriano, Nancy (2)
Stangland, Dr. Dave
Stenshoel, Paul (2)
Thompson, Rob (5)
Vander Stoep, Ken
Waller, Donald R.
Womack, David A.
Wristen, Dick (2)
Yelland, Joel and Livingstone, Jaie