As elections grow near, letter writers will be submitting opinions on political matters. Please note these policies of The Albany Herald.

  • All letters to the editor must be 300 words or fewer.

  • We will consider guest columns of up to 750 words submitted on specific issues for publication. Guest columns require a clear head-and-shoulders photo of the writer to be submitted in jpeg format, as well as a brief biography of the writer (50 words or fewer that do not count against the length of the submission), before publication.

  • Submissions that serve to endorse or oppose a particular candidate will not be considered for guest columns. They may be considered for letters to the editor.

  • Submissions that constitute a personal attack, unverifiable accusation or political advertisement will be rejected.

  • Submissions of letters and guest columns must be original work in your own words. If we determine a letter has been taken from a political party or advocacy group’s website, it will be rejected, as will any subsequent submissions from the writer.

  • No submission will be considered for publication if it does not include the writer’s name, city of residence (for those who reside in unincorporated areas, use the city that is in your postal address) and a verifiable daytime phone number where you can be contacted to confirm authorship of the submission.

  • The Albany Herald does not guarantee a specific date of publication for a letter or guest column.

  • No letters that bring up new issues against a candidate will be published the three days leading up to the election.

  • Letters can be submitted by mail, email or facsimile. The mailing address is Letters to the Editor, c/o The Albany Herald, P.O. Box 48, Albany, Ga. 31702. The email address is letters@albanyherald.com. Letters may be taxed to (229) 888-9353.

  • The editors of The Albany Herald make final determination of what is published on the editorial page.