Some people seem to lack any understanding of what a good letter is all about — the editors at Harper’s, for instance, seem to be clueless. Let’s show them how it’s done.
Notice that it immediately explains what specific incident the letter is about: signs that say “Black Lives Matter” have been getting vandalized here in Morris. It explains why this issue is important. It asks for a specific action, a public declaration by city officials that such criminal destruction is wrong. It asks for continued discussion. This is how you do it.
This letter is written by a student here at UMM. The signatories of that other letter are right to be concerned about their reputations and prospects, because this current generation is going to blow them all away.
By the way, I have a “Black lives matter” sign in my yard that hasn’t been defaced at all, yet. It helps that I’m in the bubble of reasonableness of the university.