As the accompanying editor's column indicates, there is confusion stemming from this newspaper's editorial page. Some readers may not fully understand what we strive to do each edition on Page 4A, especially in this top left corner of the page.
The column to the right of this editorial today talks about some general problems and misperceptions with the editorial page. This message will focus on the editorial itself.
For it is in this boxed space each day that we offer an editorial. We set off the editorial with a box and print it in larger type than the other items on this page. The editorial states The Dispatch's opinion.
Yes, sometimes we publish editorials from other newspapers in this space. We call them Other Opinions. We've found that it's beneficial to provide the views of other newspapers, even if we don't necessarily agree with them. It's all part of our effort to stimulate thought and dialogue.
Most Dispatch editorials are written by Mike O'Rourke, associate editor. He's the editor of the editorial page. Questions, comments and complaints about our editorial should be addressed to him.
We welcome your feedback. Your comments on our editorials are called letters to the editor. They are grouped together under the Open Forum heading. Many readers mistakenly call them editorials. And, in a way, they are. The Open Forum letters represent the editorial viewpoint of our readers. We try to publish all letters whether they agree or disagree with our editorial stands.
As for Dispatch editorials, you will note that they rarely include a byline. The editorials represent the collective views of members of The Dispatch Editorial Board.
Members of that board who meet at least weekly include Terry McCollough, publisher; Mike O'Rourke, associate editor; Roy Miller, editor; Kathi Nagorski, city editor; Paul Forsberg, wire editor; and Jenny Imsande, who is not a Dispatch staff member but serves on the editorial board as the readers' representative.
Each Tuesday afternoon the board meets for an hour at The Dispatch. Sometimes we meet with guests who seek our editorial understanding and approval of their projects. Other weeks we attempt among ourselves to solve the world's problems.
The discussions are often spirited and wide-ranging. And from out of this dialogue the editorial writer tries to come up with a meaningful editorial that states the newspaper's viewpoint on an issue.
We did not endorse any candidates this year. We reserve the right, however, to endorse candidates in future elections. In the past, we have endorsed special issues, such as the public library or the high school auditorium.
The hope is that the focus on our intent on the editorial page has been helpful. Since we're in the communications business, we need to do a better job of communicating with readers.
Any questions? OK, we'll skip the pop test and dismiss this class. But you're encouraged to read the editor's column today that covers other aspects of the editorial page.
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