April 28, 2013

Greg Kesich: Building a bridge to the community

The newspaper's opinion pages give every reader a chance to talk back to us, and to each other.

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The copy editors also read every line of every story in the paper every night and know more about what's going on than most people.

They may not get their names on the stories, but they make them better, and readers benefit, even if they don't notice it.

BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE

Other changes to the opinion pages over the last year probably have been noticed.

On alternate Sundays we have commentary from our two political analysts, Republican Dan Demeritt and Democrat Michael Cuzzi.

They have been joined in Thursday's Press Herald by Alan Caron, a longtime activist who looks at Maine policy from an independent perspective, and every other Saturday by Mike Tipping, a blogger, self-described "political junkie" and communications director for the progressive Maine People's Alliance.

Telegram readers have also seen the work of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Rohde, a Maine native who writes commentary on national and international issues, based on his many years as a foreign correspondent.

And Barney Frank, who was known from his years in the U.S. House of Representatives for his sharp tongue and quick wit, is also writing a weekly column for us, now that he's retired and living, at least part of the time, in Maine.

We will keep looking for good writers to add insight and perspective on the news, in addition to writing about the issues that we think are important.

But we won't forget that these pages would not be half as interesting or fun to read without the contributions from our readers. So look forward to more of that.

Greg Kesich is the editorial page editor. He can be contacted at 791-6481 or at:

gkesich@pressherald.com

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