Our thoughts... How this page works
InWednesday’s edition of the paper, right here on our opinion page, was a column written by our senior reporter Rachael Oswald. In her column she expressed her feelings about Sara Palin’s candidacy. Her thoughts, which were own thoughts, ruffled the feathers of some folks who have opposing thoughts about Gov. Palin.
During Monday’s Porterdale city council meeting, some members of that council took offense to some of our editorial comments. There was also a question brought up on who writes our editorials.
Since there seems to be some confusion about what an opinion page is, we thought we would explain.
We reserve the right side of this page for open opinions to be used free of charge by anyone in our community who has concerns about their community. We also run syndicated columnists. Do we always agree with our guest columnists or our syndicated columnists? No, we don’t. We run their opinions because we hope that their thoughts and insights will make you think, and create a dialogue, and we encourage you to respond if you agree or disagree.
We also encourage letters to the editor. We just ask that if you have an opinion, please have the courage to sign your name and leave us a valid phone number so we can confirm the letter was written by the person who submitted it.
The column you are reading now we reserve for our opinions. The folks who are responsible for the opinions shown here are listed at the top. They include the publisher, the general manager and the managing editor. They can be contacted at any time by phone or by e-mail. We try our best to provoke critical thinking in our editorials as well as to be fair and accurate. If we ever run something on this page and it is wrong, we will correct it.
The three of us on the editorial board have different opinions from time to time, but through consensus we make a judgment we feel is best for our community. Do you have to agree with what we say every time? Of course not.
We take the time to do an opinion page becausewefeel a newspaper should be the place where lively and open discussions can and should be presented. A free society stays free because its citizens participate and share their views and are willing to act on those views.
We are proud to be the caretakers of The Covington News which everyWednesday, Friday and Sunday is an embodiment and protector of our First Amendment to the Constitution which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Please contact us; we will always take the time to talk with and listen to you.