Write it down, take a little note and then send it to the editor

The Reporter is looking for guest opinions

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:12pm
  • Opinion

I have a feeling if you are reading this column online or in print, it means you try to keep up with local news coverage.

Good for you. Keeping in touch with the local community helps residents make sound decisions every day and in the ballot box.

I also am going to guess that the vast majority of our readers have an opinion about the issues we cover. The proof is in the comment threads. While most people will stick to the comment section and online threads, some like to send us a letter to the editor.

I love these letters. It really excites me to see something from a reader in my inbox or in an envelope on my desk. Not all letters are kind. Actually in my experience, most letters are critiques of our work (critique being the kindest way to describe them), but to me it still means someone took the time to learn more and be involved. These readers felt passionate enough to take the time to type or write something on paper.

I get paid to read, write and edit, but our readers don’t, so I know it means taking time out of busy schedules to make your voice heard.

I’m going to try to write a regular column, and I hope it spurs more letters and notes from our readers. I hope it ignites conversations around Covington and Maple Valley. I hope it makes people look outside of their safe bubble and try to see how others view things.

I encourage more readers to email me letters for publication.

Covington-Maple Valley Reporter readers, if you have something to say, send me a letter to dchastain@maplevalleyreporter.com by 8 a.m.Monday mornings for the upcoming publication. Please keep letters to a maximum of 300 words. Letters may be edited for spelling and grammar.

I’m also looking for local guest opinion writers with a unique perspective.

If you are local to the area, have writing experience, and represent a group of people who are not heard often, please email your resume along with two or three writing samples.

I can’t wait to meet our readers face-to-face next week at our “Coffee with the Editor” event. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 31, I’ll be at Bruchelle’s Bagel Bistro, 16340 SE 256th St., Covington. I hope between now and then, and after, that I’ll see more readers involved in our publications.

Let’s make the paper hyper-local together.

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