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Published on November 2, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on November 2, 2017 11:18AM


There are many places in the world where people are either too apathetic or too afraid to publicly express an opinion about much of anything. This isn’t one of them.

The Daily Astorian has a long tradition of serving as a community sounding board — a clearinghouse where readers may argue their cases and tell their stories.

Letters to the editor are among our most-read content.

Editorials representing our views help frame debates among ourselves and also serve to inform state and federal lawmakers of community preferences. The Astorian’s editorials have won many prizes. More importantly, they have helped set the stage for this area’s economic and cultural rebirth — blazing a trail on everything from saving the Liberty Theatre to holding the line against fossil fuel developments on our shorelines. Years ago, they raised the alarm about climate change and its effects on our maritime environment.

The Astorian is today beginning a process of revamping and redesigning its opinion pages. This process is an outcome of the change in our newspaper and newsroom management.

A team of editorial writers will create the content for this page. They include Matt Winters, Jim Van Nostrand, Steve Forrester and Dick Hughes. Winters is publisher of the Chinook Observer. He is our regional opinion editor.

Van Nostrand is the Astorian’s editor. Forrester is the retired publisher and editor and the president and CEO of EO Media Group. Dick Hughes — former editor of the Salem Statesman-Journal — is part of EO Media Group’s Salem bureau. The other player on this new editorial board will be Kari Borgen, the Astorian’s new publisher.

Over the coming months we’ll recruit column contributors who live here. If you have something you feel passionate about — or find amusing, curious or bewildering — please think about writing a column. If interested, write Winters at mwinters@dailyastorian.com.

We welcome feedback as we strive to make our opinion pages more engaging and reflective of this amazing place. Drop us a note at the email address above, or call Winters at 800-643-3703.



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