Get involved in the community dialogue Write an Op/Ed

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Robust communities have several things in common, one of the most important of which is an involved citizenry who participate in their communities in a variety of ways. One of the ways people can become involved is by participating in the community dialogue, offering their opinions and insight about the local issues which impact our daily lives.
As part of the planned redesign of The Arlington Times and Marysville Globe, one of the things we want to do is to enhance the community dialogue on our editorial pages. Our goal is to make them a place where local people discuss and debate local issues. So we are encouraging community members to send us their Op/Ed pieces which focus on the local issues that are important to us all.
To some, the idea of writing an Op/Ed piece for their community newspaper may seem like a daunting challenge. But, by following a few guidelines, the process can be simplified, allowing local people to have their say on local issues.
First, focus on one issue, keep it local and keep it current. Write about local issues that have, or could have, a direct impact on our communities and those who call them home. Start your Op/Ed by clearly and unequivocally stating your opinion, usually in the first paragraph. Then, support your opinion with factual, researched or first-hand information. Write with passion but dont be shrill avoid empty rhetoric, personal attacks and name calling. End with a strong call to action its not enough to simply point out a problem, rather offer solutions and explain why they are the better choice. Generally, Op/Ed pieces run 700-800 words and are longer than Letters to the Editor, which we cap at 400 words. While that may seem like a lot at first, once you get started writing youll find the words add up quickly.
We are looking for submissions from all facets of our communities. While we hope to continue to receive Op/Ed pieces from those who hold elected office and community and business leaders, we would like to see more regular people who are passionate about an issue get involved in the community dialogue by writing an Op/Ed for The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times.
You can submit your Op/Ed to Managing Editor Scott Frank at sfrank@marysvilleglobe.com. If you have any questions, call him at 360-659-1300.
So let your voice be heard write an Op/Ed and get involved in the community dialogue.

To contact a member of The Marysville Globe/Arlington Times editorial board Stuart Chernis or Scott Frank e-mail forum@marysvilleglobe.com.

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