Tips for writing Public Comments

  • Keep comments brief and focused
  • Speak about facts rather than emotions
  • Acknowledge opposing concerns
  • Focus on specific actions
  • Avoid broad demands
  • Thank the recipient for reading

Good Comment

“Thank you for the opportunity to comment. The best available science indicates a strong correlation between the survival of salmon and killer whales. Please move forward with “Alternative D” to provide the best environment for recovery.”

  • Thanks the recipient for the opportunity to comment.
  • Focuses on facts rather than emotions
  • Makes request for specific related actions

Bad Comment

“I HAVE A SPECIAL SPIRITUAL BOND WITH THESE MAGNIFICENT BEINGS. SAVE THE WHALES! SAVE SALMON! TEAR DOWN THE DAMS! YOU ARE KILLING THEM!”

  • Makes broad demands
  • Doesn't focus on specific actions
  • Doesn't use proper grammar or punctuation
  • Doesn't thank the recipient