How do I know if my letter will be published?

Question: I recently submitted an opinion for publication on your op-ed page. Will I be informed if and when it will be published? -- Dick Roose, Spokane

Answer: We always call the writer to verify that the signature is authentic. While that call isn't a guarantee that the letter will be used, it's usually a pretty good indicator. Also, if there's a routine reason why an otherwise acceptable letter can't be used -- over the 200-word limit, perhaps, or failure to provide the writer's address or phone number -- you usually would get a response explaining that. But if you've submitted a letter and something seems amiss, you can always call the letters coordinator at 459-5428 or me at 459-5466 to check on a letter's status. -- Doug Floyd, editorial page editor

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