Dear Letter to the Editor authors:
The Bradenton Herald's editorial board wants to highlight the best of the best letter writers this year. So we've launched a Letter of the Month contest -- with you, the readers, as our final judges.
Part of a newspaper's legacy is its ability and responsibility to engage the community in conversation. A favorite vehicle for that conversation is through Letters to the Editor. The Herald has a rich history of letters from our readers, publishing thousands in our 92-year history. Politics is probably the most popular (maybe that's un-popular) topic. But our passionate letter writers will commend, condemn, rant or rave about almost anything they've read in the Herald -- or, sometimes, what they didn't read and think they should have.
The online voting will begin on the first Sunday of each month and continue until noon Friday. We'll announce the readers' choice on the second Sunday on the Opinion page, and here online.
And get ready for a party, letter writers! We plan to get our dozen winners together in January 2015 to celebrate something typically discouraged in newsrooms: opinionated writing!