Letters to the editors of local newspapers are a great way to let readers in your community know why you support a YES vote on Question 2 – the question on the November 2022 Massachusetts statewide ballot that will improve access to quality dental care and better dental benefits.

Download Letter To Editor Template (PDF)
Download Key Facts (PDF)

Before you write your letter, review these tips:

  • Keep it short. Newspapers have word limits for letters to the editor. It’s best to keep your letter to 150 words or less.
  • Tell your own story. Explain the key reasons why you support Question 2.
  • Focus on key reasons why Question 2 deserves a YES vote. Review these key facts about Question 2 to include in your letter, or feel free to use some of the talking points below.
  • Don’t call our opponents names or engage in personal attacks. 
  • Make your position clear.  Be sure to ask readers to join you in voting YES on Question 2.
  • Include your name, address and email or telephone number. Your address and contact information will not be published, but newspapers do require this information to verify that you actually submitted the letter.
  • Review the list of Massachusetts newspapers below to find the correct contact information for submitting your letter to your local newspaper.

Finally, please be sure to let us know if your letter has been published! Email a copy or link to info@VoteYeson2forDental.com

Key Facts About Question 2

Below are some key facts about Question 2.  Feel free to mention one or more of these facts in your letter and include why each one is important to you.  Use your own words, a polite and respectful tone in your letter and be sure to invite readers to join you in voting YES on Question 2.

  • Question 2 is simple – it requires dental insurance companies to spend at least 83% of patient premiums on dental care.  This will assure that patient dollars are spent on patient care, instead of on executive compensation, corporate profits, and administrative costs. 
  • Dental insurance plans that don’t meet the requirement of spending at least 83% of patient premium dollars on patient care will have to refund the difference to covered individuals and groups. 
  • Patients deserve visibility into how their premiums are being spent, like we do for medical insurance. 
  • Question 2 will require dental insurance companies to disclose how they are spending patient premiums to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance –  and they must submit premium rate increases for approval – something that dental insurance companies are currently not required to do. 
  • A recent report by the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University stated that dental insurance companies would have a variety of options to meet the requirements of Question 2.  Insurance companies could lower monthly premiums, streamline operations to become more efficient, pay more in dental claims – or a combination of these.  Any of these options would benefit Massachusetts dental patients. 
  • Contrary to the claims of the large insurance companies opposed to this initiative, Question 2 specifically prevents dental insurance premium increases above the consumer price index without approval by the state of Massachusetts. 
  • Medical insurance plans in Massachusetts are already required to spend a similar minimum percentage of insurance premiums on patient care, instead of on administrative costs. Question 2 simply provides a comparable standard for dental insurance plans too. 

Massachusetts Newspapers Serving Your Community and Submission Guidelines

Daily Newspapers

Name of Outlet Area of Service Contact Details Guidelines
The Boston Globe Boston

200 words or less. Include full name, address, and telephone number for confirmation.
Boston Herald Boston

Online Submission Form

The Republican Springfield

Name, address, telephone number
Telegram & Gazette Worcester

Online Submission Form

250 word limit, 100 words for political endorsements. Letters should be sent by e-mail with the subject, “Letter to the Editor.” Letters must be signed with the writer’s full name. Writers must include a complete home address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes.
The Sun Lowell

Online Submission Form

The Patriot Ledger Quincy

Cape Cod Times Barnstable

The Eagle-Tribune North Andover

Online Submission Form

The Berkshire Eagle Pittsfield

Online Submission Form

400 words or less. Must include a name, address and telephone number for purposes of confirmation and verification.
The Enterprise Brockton

200 words or less. Include your name, town and daytime phone number for verification.
The Salem News Salem

Online Submission Form

The MetroWest Daily News Framingham

The Daily Item Lynn

Daily Hampshire Gazette Northampton

Online Submission Form

Sentinel & Enterprise Fitchburg

The Sun Chronicle Attleboro

Online Submission Form

The Recorder Greenfield

Online Submission Form

Daily Times Chronicle Woburn

Online Submission Form

The Daily News of Newburyport Newburyport

Online Submission Form

Gloucester Daily Times Gloucester

Online Submission Form

Taunton Daily Gazette Taunton

Online Submission Form

The Milford Daily News Milford

400 words or less. Include full name, home address and telephone number.
The Wakefield Daily Item Wakefield

The Westfield News Westfield

Athol Daily News Athol

Online Submission Form

Standard-Times New Bedford

The Gardner News Gardner

Name, Address, Telephone Number
The Herald News Fall River

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Wakefield Daily Item Wakefield

Online Submission Form

Name, Address, Email

Non-Daily Newspapers

Name of Outlet Area of Service Contact Details Guidelines
Advocate News Online Everett

Agawam Advertiser News Agawam

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Amherst Bulletin Amherst

Andover Townsman Andover

Editor, The Andover Townsman, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845

Auburn News Auburn

Webster Times, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

Barre Gazette Barre

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Bay State Banner Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Bay Windows Boston

Beacon Hill Times Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Blackstone Valley Tribune Northbridge

Blackstone Valley Tribune, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Boston Bulletin Boston

Editor, Norwood Record, 661 Washington St., Ste. 202, Norwood, MA 02062

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Boston Sun Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Cape Cod Chronicle Chatham

Online Submission Form

508-945-2579

Letters to the Editor, 60C Munson Meeting Way, Chatham, MA 02633

250 words or less. Name, Address, Telephone Number.
Carlisle Mosquito Carlisle

350 words or less
Charlestown Patriot-Bridge Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Charlton Villager Charlton

Charlton Village, P.O. Box, 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

Chelsea Record Chelsea

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Chicopee Register Chicopee

The Chicopee Register, 24 Water St., Palmer, MA 01069

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Community Advocate Westborough

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Country Journal Huntington

Country Journal, 24 Water Street, Palmer, MA 01069

500 words or less. Include name, town of residence and home telephone number.
Dedham Times Dedham

Name, Address, Telephone Number
DigBoston Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Dorchester Reporter Dorchester

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Duxbury Clipper Duxbury

Name, Address, Telephone Number
East Boston Times-Free Press Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Everett Independent Everett

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Foxboro Reporter Foxborough

The Foxboro Reporter, 34 South Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Franklin Town Local Town Pages Franklin

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Groton Herald Groton

Online Submission Form

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Holliston Reporter Holliston

Holyoke Sun Holyoke

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Hopedale Town Local Town Pages Hopedale

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Hopkinton Independent Hopkinton

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Hyde Park Bulletin Boston

Editor, Norwood Record, 661 Washington St., Ste. 202, Norwood, MA 02062

Include name, addess, telephone number and must sign the letter.
Ipswich Local News Ipswich

400 words or less. Name, Address, Telephone Number.
Jamaica Plain Gazette Boston

500 words or less. Name, Address, Telephone Number.
Journal Register Palmer

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Killingly Villager Northborough

Villager, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

Leominster Champion Leominster

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Lynn Journal Lynn

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Lynnville Villager Lynnfield

Marblehead News Marblehead

500 words or less.Name, Address, Telephone Number.
Martha’s Vineyard Times Tisbury

Online Submission Form

4,000 characters or less.
Melrose Weekly News Melrose

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Millis/Medway Local Town Pages Millis/Medway

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Milton Times Milton

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Mission Hill Gazette Boston

500 words or less. Name, Address, Telephone Number.
Montague Reporter Turner Falls

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Nashoba Valley Voice Ayer

250 words or less. Name, address, telephone number, plus any affiliations that would place your opinion in context.
Norfolk/Wrentham Local Town Pages Norfolk/Wrentham

Name, Address, Telephone Number
North End Regional Review Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
North Reading Transcript North Reading

Norwood Local Town Pages Norwood

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Norwood Record Norwood

Editor, Norwood Record, 661 Washington St., Ste. 202, Norwood, MA 02062

Include name, addess, telephone number and must sign the letter.
Provincetown Banner Provincetown

Provincetown Banner, PO Box 977, Provincetown

350 words or less
Provincetown Independent Provincetown

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Putnam Villager Putnam, CT

Villager, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

Quaboag Current Brookfield

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Quincy Sun Quincy

Revere Journal Revere

Name, Address, Telephone Number
South Boston Online Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
South End News Boston

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Spencer New Leader Spencer

Spencer New Leader, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

Sturbridge Villager Sturbridge

Charlton Village, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

The Barnstable Patriot Barnstable

The Cricket Manchester

Online Submission Form

500 words or less
The Enterprise Bourne

The Foxboro Reporter Foxborough

The Harvard Press Harvard

Online Submission Form

Name, Address, Email
The Haverhill Gazette Haverhill

Editor, The Andover Townsman, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845

The Inquirer and Mirror Nantucket

The Landmark Holden

Name, Address, Telephone Number
The Lunenburg Ledger Lunenburg

The Martha’s Vineyard Times Tisbury

Online Submission Form

The Millbury-Sutton Chroncile Millbury

Name, Address, Telephone Number
The Peabody and Lynnfield Weekly News Peabody

The Provincetown Independent Provincetown

The Quincy Sun Quincy

Name, Address, Telephone Number
The Reminder East Longmeadow

The Sentinel Rochester

The Somerville Times Somerville

The Stow Independent Stow

Name, Address, Telephone Number
The Town Common Rowley

Name, Address, Telephone Number
The Wanderer Mattapoisett

The Webster Times Webster

Webster Times, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

Thompson Villager Thompson, CT

Villager, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

Town Reminder South Hadley

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Valley Advocate Northampton

Online Submission Form

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Vineyard Gazette Edgartown

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Ware River News Ware

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Watertown News Watertown

West Roxbury-Roslindale Bulletin Boston

Norwood Record, 661 Washington St., Ste. 202, Norwood, MA 02062

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Whitman-Hanson Express Hanson

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Wilbraham-Hampden Times Wilbraham

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Winchendon Courier Winchendon

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Winthrop Sun Transcript Winthrop

Name, Address, Telephone Number
Woodstock Villager Woodstock, CT

Villager, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550

College Newspapers

Name of Outlet Area of Service Contact Details Guidelines
The Berkeley Beacon Emerson College

Include name, address & phone number
The Daily Free Press Boston University

500 words or less. Include name, address & phone number. Letter should be in direct response to an article.
The Harvard Crimson Harvard University

350-500 words or less. Include name, address & phone number.
The Heights Boston College

500 words or less. Include name, address & phone number. Letters must be in response to something published in The Heights.
The Huntington News Northeastern University

250 words or less. Include name, address & phone number. Letters to the editor must include the writer’s full name, year, major and position at the university, if applicable.
The Independent Harvard University

Include name, address & phone number
The Justice Brandeis University

Include name, address & phone number
The Mass Media University of Massachusetts Boston

Online Submission Form

250 words or less. Include name, address & phone number.
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian University of Massachusetts Amherst

Include name, address & phone number
The Sophian Smith College

Include name, address & phone number
The Suffolk Journal Suffolk University

Online Submission Form

Include name, address & phone number
The Tech Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Include name, address & phone number
The Tufts Daily Tufts University

Include name, address & phone number
The Williams Record Williams College

Include name, address & phone number