1. Let the editors pick and choose which letters appear, like they do at the metropolian-area papers, where there's no guarantee every letter will be published.
This is our least-favorite option, because the last thing we want to be accused of is suppressing readers' views. And if the editors pick and choose which letters appear, then more readers will call to plead the case for their letters, adding to an already busy day.
2. Print every letter that's not libelous or slanderous, but edit all of them heavily. Overly long letters are edited now, but to fit all we're getting into the available space, we'd have to slice them a good bit more than we do now.
We're not wild about this option either, because every time we trim a letter, it seems that the sentence or phrase that we cut - whether it was in the beginning, middle or end - was (in the reader's mind, at least) the most important point.