Letters: Sask. The party sees education and health care as mere expenses

Hourly: It should be obvious why we are discussing the topic now, instead of next month or next year. Usually it means some kind of recent development or something that will happen soon.

Originality: The author has something new to bring to the conversation.

Opinion: There is a clear opinion expressed, beyond mere analysis. The author defends a position and/or criticizes an idea or a decision.

Authority: The author has relevant expertise or an above average level of familiarity with the topic.

Voice: The style is similar to a personal essay. You write in your own voice (but preferably not using the first person) and do not quote other people’s opinions.

Structure: Starts off engaging and quickly signals to the reader where the play is going. The argument is developed, then the piece ends on a final and clear note about what it is.

Writing style: Interesting and clear.

Your: Strong arguments are welcome, but not meanness and name-calling. Avoid motive attribution and sarcasm.

With files from the Edmonton Journal and the Montreal Gazette

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Helen D. Jessen