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The Herald Journal opinion page is intended to acquaint readers with a variety of viewpoints on matters of public importance and provide members of the community with a forum for their views.

In the spirit of an open forum, we welcome virtually all letters to the editor and, contrary to popular belief, do not choose to publish only those letters that we agree with.

Potentially libelous letters will not be published, however, and if a submission contains a questionable statement of fact, the newspaper contacts the author to provide documentation.

Letters should be:

• No more than 450 words in length.

• Addressed and include daytime phone number for purposes of verification.

• Signed by the author with his or her town of residence listed.

Individuals are limited to one published letter within any 30-day period. Submit letters at hjnews.com or email them to hjletter@hjnews.com .