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Newspaper offers way to share voice

Do you feel like you don’t have a voice when it comes to expressing your thoughts on challenges facing our community? Do you wish you could more easily tell Clark County’s elected leaders what you would like to see happen here?

The Winchester Sun wants to help address these concerns through a variety of print and digital opportunities to capture and amplify the voices of Clark Countians.

First, we welcome letters to the editor, the tried-and-true way of expressing your thoughts and concerns about what is going on right here at home and in the world around us.

We have received quite a few in recent weeks and welcome them. These letters show that our readers care about their community and are willing to stand up for what they believe in.

The primary criteria are the authors must be local, be willing to put their names on their submissions and focus on opinion rather than difficult to prove facts.

Send your submissions to letters@winchestersun.com 

Another opportunity is for readers to comment on our Facebook page, online articles or even answer questions posted in our status updates.

Recently our staff asked downtown business owners and visitors if they feel that parking is an issue. We received great feedback and reached nearly 2,000 people. Some of this might be included in an upcoming story about the challenges downtown faces when it comes to accessibility.

A more recent addition are the online polls on winchestersun.com. These can be found on the right-hand side of the page after scrolling down a bit. It started that we asked about a very controversial topic, the needle exchange. The results showed that the community is very much split on this with 126 people saying they are in favor of it and 120 opposing the idea.

Our current poll is focused on the city’s downtown master plan.

Having a voice in your own community is important. Nothing The Sun offers should replace human interaction and simply talking with our elected leaders, but we do feel that we can offer another unique platform to engage citizens in making Clark County a better place to live.