Letters to the editor will always be one of the most read items of a newspaper.Opinions: Everyone has two or three – or, as we often see, there are a few area residents who have a bottomless pit of opinions.The Post Independent will always struggle with space. Small papers mean less space and less space means less goes into the PI. That means letters as well.That said, I would like to make a change to our current word count requirement for letters to the editor.Currently, we have a 250 word limit, but I want to change that to 350 words. I would like to give people more of a chance to make their point or thank people. For the “Readers Say Thanks” section, we will also use the 350-word limit. Your thank-you list can be as long as you want within the 350-word limit.At 350 words, we are still shorter than other newspapers but we have to be due to our space limitations.Even though we will have a 350-word limit, I want to encourage you to write shorter when possible. Shorter letters are easier to read and usually get to the point quicker. By increasing the length, there’s the danger of having to hold letters a little longer. We will continue to try and get letters in as timely as possible. What’s new …Look for our first Community Faces section due out Thursday. We picked 14 people from Garfield County – people who put community first, people who try and make a difference in their community. Check it out.We now have a Saturday Spotlight Q&A. Fun questions with a resident – nothing serious, just a light-hearted look at one of our neighbors. Give it a look.We also have shifted our focus to try and get more community announcement items into the PI. That’s what Community News & Notes is all about. A newspaper should always be the place to see what’s going on. We’re still tinkering with the format, and we hope to find a consistent home for those announcements, but for now, we’re trying to get them in as much as possible.Thanks for reading.
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