People have made some untrue assertions on social media suggesting the Clinton Journal opinion page is only for paying customers. This is not the case and never has been. No opinions appearing in the Journal are paid for, and no Journal advertiser receives special consideration for publishing an opinion. Everyone submitting opinions for publication in the Journal must follow the same rules.
Not everyone will agree with every opinion, but that is the nature of opinions.
It also is not true that our advertisers have any influence over writings that appear on our opinion page or on the editorial content of our stories. As much as we value our advertisers, we still have to report the news no matter how uncomfortable it occassionally might be for some readers. We also have to print opinions that some readers might not like.
Individual residents as well as representatives of companies or organizations, public or private, may at any time submit letters or guest editorials for publication on the Journal's opinion page. It has never been any other way. As long as written opinions conform to the Journal's opinion page policy, all such letters or guest editorials will be printed and uploaded to the Clinton Journal website.
The Journal does not solicit opinion pieces from individuals or organizations, so they should not expect to receive personal invitations to submit them. The page is open for public participation — when someone wants to submit a written opinion, they simply do it. That's the way it works.
I challenge anyone, whether private resident or representative of an organization, to send their opinions for publication to me at [email protected]. There is a 500-word limit. If you send us something, call to verify we received it.