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Letter: A call to action for letter writers

Published: Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:42 p.m. CDT

To the editor:

It's not what you say, it's what you write that means something. That's why I decided to start writing letters to the editors of newspapers.

But I didn't stop there. I write letters to my congressman/congresswoman, my senators, the president, the FCC, the FTC, the Department of Justice, my local government and just about anyone else who needs to get a letter.

For me, it's cathartic. It helps to focus some of life's frustrating moments into hopefully constructive input. I feel it is incumbent upon every citizen to provide this feedback so we can help our elected officials, our press and ourselves gain a greater perspective.

Too often we have become divided, inflamed, one-sided and embittered by the events that surround us. However, as citizens of the United States we possess a most unique set of circumstances, we have unassailable rights granted to us under the Constitution, not the least of which is the freedom of speech.

We can speak freely and we can write freely. It is only through the rigorous and frequent exercise of this exquisitely unique freedom that we will grow as a people. I therefore encourage everyone to write letters, they mean something.

Mike Simon

Glen Ellyn

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