I’ve learned from personal experience that the folks of Centre County and, in particular, readers of the CDT aren’t shy when it comes to voicing their opinions. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Whether it’s asking for feedback on news coverage, redesigns of our digital or print products, changes in crossword puzzles or colorizing our comics, I know that many of you are only too eager to speak your mind.
I love it, and we appreciate it.
So here’s one of our latest projects — the Opinion Page — and we need your help.
Over the past few months, we’ve tried to bring more balance to the Opinion Page. Based on your feedback, I think we’ve made progress on widening the scope of opinions and presenting more voices to the conversation.
That said, we’d like to publish even more local voices and opinions for editorials, op-eds and letters to the editor.
▪ We already publish a lot of letters to the editor. The vast majority of these letters are submitted by Centre County residents. We welcome even more and will make room for as many as are deemed publishable. Letters are limited to no more than 250 words, and writers are limited to one letter a month. Letters must be based on verifiable facts, avoid personal attacks and are subject to editing. Please keep them civil.
▪ We’d love to see more submissions of local op-eds. These are not meant for writers who can’t write 250 words or fewer, but more so for deeper, fact-based and better-developed analyses of issues of wide-interest. We also would love to expand our use of pro-and-con op-eds, so feel free to submit ideas for those or find a foe and submit a pair of your own for consideration.
▪ We also are assembling a community advisory board to brainstorm, conceive and/or produce local editorials on issues of wide interest to the community. In doing so, we hope to maintain the divide between news and opinion in our pages. We’ll keep you posted on that development in the coming weeks.
Little Dog Lost for good
Speaking of comics, today marks the end of the weekly “Little Dog Lost” strip, which is being discontinued by its creator. In its place, starting next Sunday, we will be debuting “Mike du Jour,” which is popular with readers around the country.
And, of course, let me know what you think.
John Boogert is executive editor of the Centre Daily Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.