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Opinion page a place to take a stand

The newspaper is biased.

I’ve heard that a time or two, or 20. Usually it’s par for the course to hear such rhetoric from readers.

Sometimes, though, people will cite as an example of such bias the editorial page. If there’s bias anywhere in the newspaper you’re reading, it should be limited to this page — or written by one of our columnists in another section.

Even then, I hope columns and editorials are written in such a fashion that though they are opinion pieces, they are tasteful and well supported.

So what exactly are columns and editorials?

Look to your left. Our editorials, marked with the header “Our View,” sit on the lefthand side of page 4A. These are pieces that represent the collective opinion of the newsroom, compiled after discussion amongst staff. So yes, they are biased, prejudiced for or against a certain topic.

A column, however, represents the opinion only of its author. These are found right where you’re reading — below the editorial cartoon — and are accompanied by a head shot. Other columns run in our health section, outdoor section and travel sections and are written by contributors. You may also enjoy “The Answer Man,” a column written by Dick Mason. 

While we at The Observer make every effort to report news through a fair and unbiased lens, our Opinion page is a place for us to take stands, for us to praise community members on a job well done or to question activity going on in the area. During election time it is where we endorse candidates, if we so choose.

And perhaps most importantly, this page is a page for you, our readers. This is where you find letters to the editor and read “My Voice” columns. 

While reporting, we spend our time giving a voice to others — a cornerstone of journalism, no doubt — but we have voices and form opinions on important political, local and state news, too. This is a space for us to share all of those voices.

Contact Kelly Ducote at 541-786-4230 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Follow Kelly on Twitter @lgoDucote.


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