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Writing a Letter to the Editor

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to show your support to Uncork Kansas!   Below, we've given you some sample letters to get you started, but the best letters will be those in which you have adapted them with your personal views.

Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  • Think about the one compelling reason you support the effort to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell adult beverages and focus on that.
  • Keep your letter between 200-300 words.
  • Include your name, mailing address and phone number. Newspapers will not publish anonymous letters to the editor.

If you need any help, you can send an email to info@uncorkkansas.com and someone will get back to you by the end of the following business day.

Sample Letters:

+ Sample Letter one

DATE NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP

Dear (Newspaper) Editorial Department:

My name is ___. I am [your age] years old and have been a resident of _ for __ years. It is absolutely ridiculous that Kansas does not allow me the convenience of buying a bottle of wine with my steak in a supermarket. Or, if I am a legal adult stocking up on snacks for a party, I have to make another trip if I want to buy beer that’s stronger than 3.2%. Right now the liquor stores can only sell alcohol. Wouldn’t they like to better serve their customers by being able to sell cups, ice, mixers and snacks? Wouldn’t they like that added revenue when they can sell those products and not lose the sales to grocery or convenience stores? I support the efforts of Uncork Kansas, a coalition trying to get the Kansas legislation to update our state’s antiquated liquor laws. Just like most of the rest of the country, Kansas deserves the convenience changing this law would bring.

Sincerely, [YOUR NAME] DATE NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP

+ Sample Letter two

Dear (Newspaper) Editorial Department:

My name is ___. I am [your age] years old and have been a resident of _ for __ years.

Kansas is really behind the times when it comes to being able to buy a bottle of wine with a steak at the grocery store or a six pack of full-strength beer during a stop to fill up the gas tank. Only a handful of states require controlled sales… 90% are open to selling beer and wine in grocery and convenient stores. Kansas was the first state to amend its constitution to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. Since then we’ve made a little progress in getting in line with the rest of the country, but we are still losing out to our border states that have less strict adult beverage laws. I support Uncork Kansas, a coalition made up of thousands of Kansas consumers, retailers, and other businesses who are trying to catch Kansas up with the rest of the country.

Sincerely, [YOUR NAME] DATE NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP

+ Sample Letter three

Dear (Newspaper) Editorial Department:

My name is ___. I am [your age] years old and have been a resident of _ for __ years.

I support the efforts of Uncork Kansas, a coalition trying to get the Kansas legislation to update our state’s antiquated liquor laws. We live in a society with a free market, and it makes no sense that our state government does not allow grocery stores to sell adult beverages.

One thing I keep hearing is that changing this law will make it easier for minors to get their hands on alcohol. Kansas grocery and convenience stores already have the knowledge, understanding and infrastructure for the training, technology and internal enforcement to regulate liquor sales. They already sell 3.2 beer and wine coolers, plus other regulated products like pharmaceuticals and tobacco products.

The bottom line is this: modernizing the antiquated Kansas liquor laws would provide more consumer choice, less government regulation, more economic development and more convenience for Kansas consumers.

Sincerely, [YOUR NAME] DATE NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP

+ Sample Letter four

Dear (Newspaper) Editorial Department:

My name is ___. I am [your age] years old and have been a resident of _ for __ years.

I support the efforts of Uncork Kansas, a coalition trying to get the Kansas legislation to update our state’s antiquated liquor laws. We live in a society with a free market, and it makes no sense that our state government does not allow grocery stores to sell adult beverages.

Consumers win when retailers compete. That’s the beauty of the free enterprise system. I believe dictating where adult beverage can or can’t be sold goes against the basic tenets of our economic system: free enterprise, fair competition, and consumer choice.

Right now, liquor stores are unfairly reaping the benefits of a government-mandated monopoly that protects them in a way not seen in any other industry. This legislation would level the playing field.

Sincerely, [YOUR NAME]

Newspaper contacts

Atchison Daily Globe Email: joewarren@npgco.com Mail: P.O. Box 247, Atchison KS 66002

Basehor Sentinel Online: www.basehorinfo.com/about/contact/

Bonner Springs -The Chieftan Online: www.bonnersprings.com/about/contact/

The Chanute Tribune Email: shanna@chanute.com Mail: P.O. Box 559, Chanute, KS 66720

Dodge Globe Email: emily.shultz@dodgeglobe.com Mail: 705 Second Avenue, Dodge City, KS 67801

Emporia Gazette Email: newsroom@emporiagazette.com Online: emporiagazette-dot-com.bloxcms-ny1.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/ Mail: Address: 517 Merchant, Emporia, KS 66801

Instructions: Letters must be no longer than 300 words. Because letters are published as space is available on the editorial page, shorter letters tend to be published sooner. The Gazette does not publish anonymous letters. All letters must be signed (or include the writer’s name, if emailed) and include a complete address and a daytime telephone number. The Gazette does not publish letters about purely personal matters, libelous material or poetry.The Gazette reserves the right to refuse any letter as well as edit letters for length, grammar, spelling and sense.

Great Bend Tribune Online: www.gbtribune.com/forms/lettertoeditor

Instructions: Anonymous letters, letters written by or forwarded from other sources, those involving personal or business disputes, and those deemed inappropriate for publication will not be printed. Letters and articles submitted may be published in print, electronic or other forms. Letters, columns and cartoons express the opinions of the authors – not the Great Bend Tribune.

Hutchinson News Email: westernfront@hutchnews.com Mail: The News at 300 W. Second Ave., Hutchinson, KS, 67504-0190

Instructions: Letters should be limited to 500 words. Poems, consumer complaints, business testimonials and group-written letters will not be accepted. Please sign your name and provide your address and a phone number so we may call to verify the letter. We strive to publish letters within one week of verification.

Kansas City Star Online: www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters/ Mail: 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

Instructions: Please submit original letters of up to 200 words. (Please, no form letters or copied material from other websites). Letters are subject to editing and writers may appear no more than once a month.

Lawrence Journal World Email: agardner@ljworld.com Online: www2.ljworld.com/accounts/login/?next=/submit/feedback/ Mail: P.O Box 888, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

Parsons Sun Email: pcook@parsonssun.com Mail: P.O. Box 836, Parsons, KS 67357

Shawnee Dispatch Online: www.shawneedispatch.com/accounts/login/?next=/submit/letter/ Mail: 6301 Pflumm Road, Suite 102, Shawnee, KS 66216

Tonganoxie: The Mirror Online: www.tonganoxiemirror.com/about/contact/ By mail: 520 E. Fourth St., Tonganoxie, Kansas 66086

Topeka Capital-Journal Email: letters@cjonline.com

Wichita Eagle Email: letters@wichitaeagle.com Mail: 825 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202

Instructions: Please limit your Reader Views submission to 200 words (shorter is better). You must include your name, home address and phone number for verification purposes. Letters published in Reader Views are signed with the writer’s name and town. Sorry, we do not publish anonymous letters. All letters are edited for length and clarity.  Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/opinion/letters/submit/#storylink=cpy