Dear Readers,One of the best things we have going at the Post Independent, and in the community, is our Letters to the Editor page. We are fortunate to have so many observant, opinionated and articulate readers who contribute to this page and keep it vibrant with their ideas.As you may recall from Wednesday’s column, I mentioned that the GSPI is in the process of redesigning the paper. Among other things, we want to make the paper as relevant to our readers as we possibly can.To that end, I am announcing the launch of Independent Voices, a new opinion feature that will appear every week. Whose opinions will be included in Independent Voices? Yours, if you choose to join with us in this venture.Here’s how it will work.Correspondence by e-mail will be highly preferred. But if you like the idea of Independent Voices and don’t have access to e-mail, give me a call (945-8515, ext. 517) and I’ll explain some other options.-First, sign up. I would like to enroll as many as 100 readers in Independent Voices. Please send me your name, age, occupation, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number if you would like to be included (email@example.com). We will also need to get from you, or take here at the GSPI office, a mugshot. Some photos can also be arranged to be taken in Rifle.-Second, participate. I will divide the whole cast of characters into diverse groups of eight to 10 people. On a rotating basis, each group will be asked a question on a current topic. It might be a local or state issue, or it could focus on foreign policy. Some weeks, it might be light-hearted and funny. Other weeks it will be dead serious.On Friday or the following Monday, I will e-mail the question out to that week’s group. Participants must return their answer of 50 to 100 words by midnight Wednesday.Fifty to 100 words isn’t very much. Writers will have to carefully hone their thoughts, packing the core of their opinion into two or three tight sentences. Don’t expect to send a diatribe and have me cut it down.We’ll have space for five answers. Asking the question of a few extra people allows participants to take a bye if they are too busy to respond that week, and will allow us to pick the five most interesting and diverse answers.-Third, read and enjoy. The package will run on our Letters to the Editor page on Fridays, starting when we roll out the redesigned paper (think tinsel and mistletoe).All readers are welcome to suggest questions at any time for Independent Voices.I’ll let you know how the response is going. If we don’t get enough people from this first request, I will put out another call. And from time to time, I will open Independent Voices to new members to introduce fresh ideas and viewpoints.We introduce a new writer to our pages today. Jessi Rochel is a senior at Roaring Fork High School, a volleyball star, a crafty writer and an avid reader.She is combining two interests, reading and writing, to produce book reviews for your reading pleasure. Her first review, about the new book, “Speak,” appears on page 8 of our B section, also known as Options.I think you will agree that Jessi has a knack for choosing interesting books and telling readers just enough so they, too, will want to read the book she’s chosen.Jessi is juggling a lot of activities in her life, so her book reviews, appearing under the title “As the Page Turns,” will appear every other week in the Friday B section.She is the second high school student writing regularly for the Post Independent. Glenwood Springs High School senior Andrea Collier writes a weekly column, Demon Doings, to report on the goings-on at the school. It appears every Tuesday, and it’s a hoot.Is anyone at Rifle High School itching to write a column?- Heather McGregor is the managing editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
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