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Thank you letters

August 31, 2010 - Jennifer Houtman

It's good to say thank you and to publically acknowledge those who have helped you in some way. That's why The Marietta Times has provided local agencies and organizations the opportunity to run thank you letters as letters to the editor.

You've probably seen them - agencies like Habitat for Humanity, United Way and others have run letters thanking the businesses that have helped them in fund-raising efforts. We've even had schools, volunteer fire departments and families run letters thanking the community for support of specific community events.

We run these letters because they are community based. But this practice is understandably confusing to some who submit what I consider to be personal thank yous to run as letters to the editor. We don't print personal thank yous.

Most often someone wants to thank a doctor for care, or most recently, a family wanted to thank specific hospice workers for the care of their loved one. It's the newspaper's feeling that these private thank yous should stay that way. We just don't have the space or resources to handle the number of person to person thank yous we would get if we started accepting such letters.

So for now, our thank you letters must remain community oriented, such as one that ran this week thanking a local landcaping business for the community service it provides in establishing a drop off point where anyone can get rid of yard waste. Again, this letter is appropriate because it is thankful for a community service.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about newspaper practices or policies, please let me know!



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