Together, we can keep seniors care issues front and centre in the lead up to the May 9 election by packing local newspapers with letters to the editor.
Candidates and political parties are already feeling the pressure to provide voters with solid plans to make seniors care better. Now we need to keep the momentum up until May 9th.
The editorial section is the most read section of any newspaper. It’s a simple way to have a big impact!
2 Easy Steps!
Step 1 - Write Your Letter
If you want more information on the issue, check out this recent study on declining access to seniors care from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Step 2 - Send your Letter
Go to the webpage of your local paper and find the email contact to send Letters to the Editor to. Some papers may also have an online form.
Also, we please send your letter to the BC Health Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can keep track.
We are doing two letter to the editor pushes before May 9th:
April 10 - 22: Letters on addressing inequality and poverty amoung seniors
April 26 - May 8: Letters on declining access to seniors care and impacts on seniors and family caregivers
But wait, how are Letters to the Editor a useful way to get the word out in my community?
Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) in your local or regional newspaper is an effective and easy way to reach thousands of voters, and local candidates.
Even if your letter is not published, it is important for educating and persuading editors. The more letters they receive on a given topic, the more likely they are to dedicate more time in their newspaper to that issue—both on the editorial page and in news articles. It clearly expresses the issue’s importance to the community.
Still have questions?
For more information, please contact Terrie Hendrickson at BC Health Coalition.