The editorial department strives to lead discussion about community issues. Readers contribute to that discussion by submitting letters for publication.

We encourage readers to express their views about public issues. Letters to the editor are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Limit letters to 200 words (100 words if endorsing or opposing a political candidate or upcoming ballot measure) and allow 30 days between submissions. Include name, address and daytime phone number for verification; only the name and home town will be published.

To reach us

You can submit your letter using the form below or one of the alternatives listed below the form.

Fields marked with a "" indicate that it is required.


Alternative submission methods

Fax: (360) 735-4598
Mail: Letters from Readers, The Columbian, P.O. Box 180, Vancouver, WA 98666

Frequently Asked Questions

Why hasn't my letter been printed?

One possibility is that the letter has been accepted but, because of a backlog of letters, hasn't made it into the paper yet. The number of pending letters varies widely. It may take two days to two weeks for a letter to appear in the paper. Letters addressing a time-sensitive topic usually move ahead of the pack, as do those sent via e-mail.

Or, the letter may have been rejected. Letters aren't rejected because the editorial department disagrees with the letter writer's views or for personal reasons. Sometimes, though, letters aren't printed because they are too long or do not address a topic of public interest, or the writer failed to include a full name, address or phone number.

Why do I have to sign my letter or guest opinion using my real name?

The Columbian believes that opinions aren't worth much unless those who advocate them are willing to stand publicly behind their words. We hold ourselves to the same standard: The names of the publisher, editor and editorial page editor are printed in each day's paper on the masthead, which is the box just below the editorials; a full list of editorial board members is published most days at the bottom of the editorial column.