The Viewpoint page is one of the most popular features of our, or any, newspaper. The exchange of ideas, the spleen-venting missives, even the occasional recognition of a random act of kindness or service that exceeded expectations reflects the mind set and mood of a community. We love it.
With the late spring lull upon us, we kicked around some thoughts about how to spur readers to take to their computers, typewriters and stationary (yes, we still get type- and hand-written letters). A provocative editorial on an incendiary topic? No, we do try to provoke discussion, but we stop short of being intentionally or artificially inciteful. (Some would argue we fail to be insightful, either.) Allow anonymous letters? No, we believe putting your name to your thoughts promotes a level of accountability and civility (sometimes) we like to see in our public discourse.
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