Readers frequently ask who decides which views and which columns appear on the opinion pages, how those choices are made and by whom.
So in the spirit of transparency and encouraging public participation, here are answers to some FAQs from readers of The Press Democrat's editorial and Forum pages.
What is the purpose of the editorial page?
Our role is to comment on the news, express the views of the editorial board and to provide a forum for readers to present their opinions. Our goal is also to provide a variety of commmunity perspectives and to advocate for effective public policy.
Who decides the paper's editorial views?
The editorial board consists of Publisher Bruce Kyse, Editorial Director Paul Gullixson and Editorial Writer Jim Sweeney. They discuss potential editorials and interview candidates for campaign endorsements.
Is the newsroom involved?
No one in the newsroom assigns or writes editorials, and no one from the editorial pages assigns, reports or edits news articles.
May I write for the opinion pages?
Yes. We publish letters to the editor every day, and we frequently publish Close to Home opinion columns written by local readers.