Archive for Thursday, November 4, 2004

The Current is your voice

November 4, 2004

Today we start a new era in Lansing publishing history.

This is the inaugural edition of The Lansing Current, a weekly newspaper that we want you to consider your own.

An essential role of the newspaper is to provide a forum for local views and commentary.

From time to time, we'll comment on local issues, but we believe it's just as important that the Currents opinion page is open for all readers.

This will be the page that carries letters to the editor along with guest columns that give local residents the opportunity to comment on issues.

Local residents also will be heard from in a feature called Lansing Voices.

Today, in our first edition, we have a guest column from Mike Howell, the senior vice commander of the Lansing VFW post.

The timing is especially appropriate because next week is Veterans Day.

This page also will carry a column on Lansing history by Gene Young, a Lansing native.

In coming editions, we want to hear from many more readers and residents on all manner of subjects.

There are major issues facing this city as it looks to the future, issues ranging from schools and education to roads and traffic to growth and development.

The Current will be committed to covering those issues in its news pages. We plan to supplement that coverage with analysis and commentary on the Currents page.

We also want to hear from readers in our letters column. When you want to raise an issue or just acknowledge a job well done, here's the place to do it.

We only ask that letters be limited to 300 words. E-mail letters to editor@newsmwc.com.

In addition, we'll have other types of commentary on our Web site, lansingcurrent.com.

We plan to include weblogs as another way to give an online voice to readers.

In the end, we can't stress enough that The Current wants input from readers.

This is your community newspaper; consider it your voice.

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