Write U.S! – Time

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“Dear,

You will find attached for publication a text specially sharpened for the imminent exit of the expected ad hoc referendum. My remarks strike me as striking by its secular position, its political centrism, its strength and its respect. Happy to offer it to you exclusively, I would however reserve the alternative of sending it to (another title) if I did not see it in your columns until Friday, April 23 (this date because I will be absent by the after).”

We can hesitate, is this message more presumptuous or is it more sincere? In any case, it shows a solid desire to participate in the public debate, which is the case with most of the letters we receive from our audience – sometimes these letters are also qualified as “articles”, a sign of the symbolic importance they have for their editors. Nothing to do with a comment posted on a social network, where voices are lost: writing to a media is to carry your word higher, take the time to explain a position, reaffirm your place in the democratic concert. The letters to the editor, as old as the press, still have solid advantages! It is also more accessible to our older readership.

We have been experimenting for a few weeks with a new system for publishing these messages. A regular meeting is maintained in our paper editions on Mondays, as part of the Hyperlink page which has become weekly; the rest of the week, other letters are published in the newspaper’s Notice pages, under the heading “From you to us”, depending on the space available – a space that varies every day. Finally on the web, we publish a selection of these letters every Wednesday.

Read our latest selection on the web: You wrote to us about … agriculture, the mess at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, and the digitization of society

No rantings

How do we choose them? They must be related to a current topic of general interest, and bring it an original or personal light, nuances supported by a lived experience or a particular skill. No rants, but it can be a testimony, a commentary on a national or international political event, an open letter, or a question about our editorial line: there is no prohibited or taboo subject, only the attacks ad hominem are banned, as well as of course sexist, racist or legal statements. But there is no right to publication, Time The choice of letters he publishes is reserved for himself, it is also a certain image of ourselves which is reflected in the words of the people who write to us.

Some signatures come back often, coming from regulars who write regularly, even who generously share their prose between Time and other titles. Other messages are isolated, urgent essays, rants or nods – more rarely: we write much more to get carried away and denounce than to encourage and congratulate… Not all will be elected but all are read, sorted , weighed. If a letter is not published it is also sometimes quite simply because other preceding ones have defended the same point of view: we privilege the variety of the opinions when it is possible.

It can happen to us, rarely, to slightly retouch a message, to tighten its subject, to make it more nervous and incisive (the ideal length is approximately 2000 characters). But never, of course, do we touch its meaning or its tone.

And you, what makes you react?

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