Without either of these components, the pulse of the communities which I am privileged to cover will never be attained.
Of equal importance, I am asking you, the readership, to play an active role as well.
If I screw something up, write a letter to the editor. If there is an issue- local, national, international- which inspires you, write a letter.
I envision the NE as a sounding board for anyone so impassioned as to accumulate their ideas in writing and 'put themselves out there.' Who knows, one letter may spur several others the next week. Eureka- we have discourse!
All I ask is that all letters maintain a level of respect to everyone involved and fall within the most liberal limits of journalistic ethics. In other words, no slander please.
Without this discourse, communities can stall- remaining mired in misunderstanding of opposing concepts and paradigms. Combatting this is a primary function of a community newspaper and it is my goal to promote conversation in anyway possible.
It is my goal to contribute something to this region, but I can't do it alone. With your help we just may do something very special in one of the grandest ecosystems on the continent.
Jon Alexander is editor of the News Enterprise. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org