LTEs on VC General Plan Update
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Letters to the Editor (LTE) on the VC General Plan Update
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Letter-writing will make a big difference in this campaign to strengthen Climate Action in the General Plan Update. On August 6, the VC Board of Supervisors will decide what policies will go in the Draft General Plan Update and Climate Action Plan. The ways to influence Climate Action will become more difficult after August 6.
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Following the release of the Preliminary Draft of the VC General Plan 2040 update, 350 VC Climate Hub submitted recommendations on changes to reflect the increased level of action and urgency our county must adopt to respond to the Climate Crisis.
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To make them pay attention to those recommendations, we need people from throughout the county to ask the VC Board of Supervisors to incorporate Climate Hub recommendations and build strong climate policies in our General Plan update.
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We are asking for Letters to the Editor with copies to our county supervisors. To increase the effectiveness of your letter, writers should follow these guidelines:
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· Length – under 300 words
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· Send in the body of the email – no attachments!
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· One Topic
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· Avoid Jargon
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· Use simple sentence structure.
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· Speak from your heart
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· Facts should be used to support your story, not just for their own sake.
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· Include your full name, home address and phone number on each letter. If your letter is published, you will only be identified by your name and city of residence.
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LTE Formula
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Email Subject Line- Include a proposed headline, ie LTE: VC Gen Plan needs to Green County
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Paragraph 1: Your opening sentence should refer to something current and attention getting - to make a connection and make it relevant.
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Purpose: tell readers what you’re writing about and make them want to read more.
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Paragraph 2: Explain why the issue is important. Remember that the general public probably doesn't share your background. Explain the issue and its importance simply. Use plain language that most people will understand
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Use local statistics and personal stories to better illustrate your point.
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Identify solution and how it relates to gen plan update
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Paragraph 3: Summarize your argument — Close with some creative, rhetorical device (such as closing the circle – refer back to the beginning of your letter)
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