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Opinions without names cannot be published

by David Specht

In case you haven’t noticed already, I am a big fan of the opinion page of this newspaper. I feel it is a public forum for the exchange of ideas, complaints, and politics.

However, this is not a one-way conversation. Although I try to write a column for each day, it is not the only local voice that needs to be heard.

We covet letters to the editor from our readers. Whether they agree with us or not, dialogue is always beneficial.

However, we do require that letters to the editor be signed with contact information.

I understand those who are very close to certain situations are afraid of retribution. On occasion, we have even published letters without the name of the writer to protect them from such a fate.

However, I also believe that if you were going to write a letter to the editor you should have the courage of your convictions and sign it with contact information so that we may verify.

As of late we have received some letters to the editor, but unfortunately they have been signed by “A Concerned Citizen.”

These letters have had many valid points that are worth sharing, but without any type of identity verification, we simply cannot print them.

This page is for the expression of opinion from many points of view. It doesn’t matters if you are a Conservative, Liberal, Republican, Democrat, or any other political group. We just require that letters and opinions be from bona fide people who read the newspaper.

Let your voice be heard. Let your opinion be known. But let us know who you are.

David A. Specht Jr. is Editor and publisher of the Minden Press-Herald.

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