As a rule, we don’t publish anonymous letters, however we would like to respond to one we received recently. The writer(s) asked why “out of everyone who writes and sends in [a letter] … it seems you are ‘connecting’ more with some readers than others.” They noted Thomas Cunningham of Hartsdale has had at least four of his letters printed in the Inquirer in the last several months. They claimed we are showing “favoritism” and asked to see “more diversity from our Scarsdale residents.”
“Shouldn’t everyone have an equal voice and an equal chance?” the letter writer(s) asked. It was signed “Each Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Members.”
A concerned reader — perhaps the same one who sent the anonymous letter — left a similar message on our voicemail a few weeks earlier.
Because the messages didn’t include a name, return address or other contact information, we are not able to respond directly.
So we’ll respond to their concerns here:
Not as many people as you might imagine are sending letters. And although, a few of our readers are frequent letter writers, we don’t publish letters from the same letter writer on the same topic within a four-week period of their last letter.
That’s because we want everyone to have an equal chance to voice opinions on our letters page, based on our established letters policy.
• The Inquirer welcomes letters to the editor of 500 words or less, preferably on local matters.
• Letters may be edited for length, clarity, grammar or to conform with AP style. If substantive edits are deemed necessary we will contact the writer, who will have the option to agree, revise or withdraw the letter.
• Writers must provide a contact phone number and street address for verification.
• Identify your community affiliation and a daytime phone number when writing on behalf of a group, such as a political party, civic organization or business.
• The Inquirer does not publish letters that are libelous.
• In controversial matters, we may ask for documentation to support statements of fact.
• We don’t publish letters criticizing or praising businesses for conducting their everyday business. Letters of thanks are limited to a list of no more than a dozen names (individuals and/or businesses).
• We do not publish anonymous letters unless the author identifies himself to us and can convince us he has a very good reason for needing to remain anonymous. Very few letters meet this criteria.
• We don’t publish letters that we think may have been sent to other media.
• We do not publish hearsay.
• The deadline for letters is Tuesday at noon. Space may not be available for all even if submitted by deadline. At election time, if a letter doesn’t fit one week, we will put it at the top of the queue for the following week.
• Candidates may submit letters on their own behalf.
• In the issue before an election, letters about new claims or charges will not be printed, as candidates would not have an opportunity to refute them.
• You may submit letters via the Contact Us link on our digital platform at scarsdalenews.com.
We encourage you to take the time to write about issues of interest to our community. Send praise or criticism, but be fair and accurate, and keep in mind letters are published at the discretion of the editor.
Use your voice to shed some light on topics of interest to you and your neighbors.
We are all ears.