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Your opinions are our mission

As a newspaper, our mission in Truckee is to bring you the news, but just as importantly, to act as an interactive repository for community involvement – a bulletin board that goes out to 7,000 people and families twice a week.

That said, it is just as important that our readers get involved in the Sierra Sun as it is for us to be at the meetings, and cover the people and places you care about.

We depend on our readers for the content that goes into our “Around Town” and other briefs sections. We depend on community groups sending us the material and columns for our “Community News” section and, perhaps most importantly, we depend on the general public for our letters to the editor.

Letters to the editor is a tradition as old as newspapers. It gives our readers an opportunity to have their opinions relayed to all of the paper’s readers, which, in our case, includes almost all of Truckee’s full-time residents, and many second homeowners.

Compared to newspapers our size, the Sierra Sun gets a deluge of letters from readers. We often have to hold letters for weeks, and sometimes we have to edit them for length as a courtesy to other letter writers (our word limit is 300).

But we aren’t complaining; getting too many letters is our strength.

It means people in Truckee are paying attention to what is going on. It means they care enough about Truckee enough to tell their neighbors how they feel. And it means the Sierra Sun is providing an important public service.

As we change over to a two-day-a-week cycle, the Sierra Sun encourages more submissions from readers. We are hoping, with the extra day, to have extra room for letters and other editorial submissions. And we hope when you think we are not giving something enough attention, you let us know. Most of the time that is how we get our leads on news stories. Good news requires reader participation.

As always, we encourage readers to submit letters by e-mail to, by fax at 587-3763, or by mail at P.O. Box 2973, Truckee 96160. Please include your name, hometown and phone number, in case we have questions.

We always to love to hear from you, and so do your neighbors.

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