Sample Paragraphs for Letters to the Editor
Here are examples of language you can alter to compose your own letter to the editor.
Choices for to get you started:
Editor: The tax cut plan promoted by the President and approved by Congress couldn’t have been more badly
timed. In the midst of economic recession and a war, we can’t squander valuable resources. We will have less
money for schools, healthcare, and nutrition precisely when it's needed most. We are already cutting essential
programs and services for families and communities—shame on Congress and the President for making the
situation even worse.
Editor: Congress just approved massive tax cuts to be paid for by enormous deficits. Thankfully, they did not
cut vital services to pay for --- at least for now. I wonder: how long it will be before these massive new tax
cuts are paid for by cutting back health care, child care, nutrition and other social services?
Editor: In 2001, President Bush’s tax cuts were passed perhaps because it was believed that we could afford it.
The deepening deficit and domestic funding constraints in education, homeland security, nutrition and other
vital community services proves we cannot afford another round of expensive tax cuts.
Adapted from Connect for Kid’s: Citizens’ Toolkit on the Federal Budget and Tax Cut
Additional language ideas:
Twenty years ago, a president tried to save money by treating ketchup as a vegetable in school lunch. Let's not
make that mistake again! The public wouldn't let them cheat our kids then and we can't let them do that now.
Kids need school lunches and after-school snacks to grow up healthy and strong, not budget deficits that will
burden their futures.
Kids need free lunches more than businesses need their lunch deductions!