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home : opinion : editorial December 17, 2014

12/21/2012 3:08:00 PM
Thanks for writing

We have always maintained that, given all of the things that appear in the Cottonwood County Citizen, one of our absolute favorite offerings is the letters to the editor.
This year was no exception.
In 2012, the Citizen published a grand total of 59 letters to the editor. That total is down slightly from 2011, but it is still a strong number compared to a number of rural Minnesota newspapers.
We are proud of the Citizen's letter writers, not only for the outstanding points and diverse opinions that are provided on an almost weekly basis, but also for their courage. It isn't easy for a person to sit down and write a letter that will be read and analyzed by thousands of readers.
It takes courage, a significant time commitment, and for many, multiple drafts, in order to finally get the letter into print exactly the way they want it.
In 2012, we received letters about everything from the region's cougar shooting to differing views on the national "fiscal cliff" debate. By far, the most common topic covered through letters to the editor was politics. Nineteen of this year's letters were in some way connected to politics - local, state and national.
We certainly don't agree with every letter that comes in, but that's the beauty of free speech. It is a chance for everyone to speak their mind. To all of the letter writers of 2012, we offer a hearty "Thank you!"
- Rahn Larson

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