Campaign letters tend to crowd out other letters at this time of year, and we want to keep the Opinion page as diverse and issue-oriented as possible.

So., through Oct. 27, we’ll run issue-oriented letters on the Opinion page, but candidate endorsement-type letters will run as paid content on another page.

An issue-oriented letter can refer to a candidate, but it should mainly stick to the issue or issues, not candidates. When it’s a judgment call, the editor wins.

Letters are limited to 250 words.

We won’t run letters or guest columns from candidates or incumbents during the campaign season.

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Letters may be edited for clarity, grammar and libel. Personal or party attacks will not be permitted.

Letters must be original and include the writer’s name, address and telephone number for verification.

We’ll direct letters that are purely endorsements to the ad department. The rate is: Minimum $26.25 for the first 7 column inches (about 150 words), and $10.50 per column inch after. The letter must include who is paying for the endorsement letter.

To start the order process, visit and sign up for a free account. Once signed up, select the "community engagement letters" button and create your ad.

Paid endorsement letters will run every Tuesday and Saturday, as we receive them, until Oct. 27.