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Opinion

January 1, 2014

Editorial: Thanks for joining in the debate

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2014, we’d like to take a moment to thank those who made our opinion pages vibrant and interesting in 2013. Specifically, we’re talking about those of you who wrote letters to the editor and op-ed columns or who posted in Sound Off or our online comments feature.

The purpose of the opinion pages is to foster debate about the issues that matter in our community. We strive to make our editorials hard-hitting and thought-provoking. We are grateful for our regular contributors: cartoonist Dave Granlund; columnist Taylor Armerding and columnist Barbara Anderson, the president of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

But the contributions of everyday readers really make the opinion pages tick.

We publish an average of two to three letters to the editor daily, six days a week — on Saturdays we run our “The Week’s End” editorial cartoon feature instead. And while the letter supply runs a little low around the holidays, we publish more than 700 letters a year.

Letters give readers the chance to express their views on the issues of the day, to praise or criticize those who govern us, to express thanks for a kindness or to agree or disagree with The Eagle-Tribune’s editorial positions.

We also publish reader-submitted op-ed columns — longer, more thoughtful pieces aimed at a broader audience than letters.

Together, letters to the editor, Sound Off, online comments and op-ed columns offer readers a number of ways to express their views on our pages. And readers’ opinions don’t have to agree with ours. Debate and disagreement are what the opinion pages are all about.

We are grateful for all our readers, and particularly those who are willing to express their views on our opinion pages. We thank you all.

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