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The Longmont Leader accepts op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics. Do you have something you would like to share about the community? Is there a topic that you are particularly passionate about? Let us know. 

To submit a contribution, email info@longmontleader.com. Publication will be at the discretion of the editor and published opinions do not represent the views of The Longmont Leader or its staff.

Ask the Introvert: Taking life cues from our TV remote controls

Ask the Introvert: Taking life cues from our TV remote controls

Play, pause, fast forward and stop all relevant for introverts.
Get Growing: It's time to pick your seeds

Get Growing: It's time to pick your seeds

Even though it’s the middle of the winter, spring is slowly sneaking up on us and the first of the seeds — peppers— need to be started in February. 
Colorful characters from Longmont’s history: Mary Ann Harris-Dickens

Colorful characters from Longmont’s history: Mary Ann Harris-Dickens

The series will include wives and mothers, businesspeople, a soldier, an activist, and even an outlaw or two. Together they show the determination, strength, business skill, and sometimes a lack of principles, that made the city what it is today.
Longmont Local:  Cavegirl Coffee focuses on the basics

Longmont Local:  Cavegirl Coffee focuses on the basics

This local coffee shop focuses on clean eating.
Ask the Introvert: Mark your calendars for these holidays perfect for the quiet-natured

Ask the Introvert: Mark your calendars for these holidays perfect for the quiet-natured

Twelve holidays for your innie soul
Get Growing: Bountiful urban farm starts from the ground up

Get Growing: Bountiful urban farm starts from the ground up

In Longmont, we largely have a type of clay soil that tends to be very hard and compact. For plants and vegetables to grow properly, you want this soil to be loose, not hard.
Mr. Money Mustache: Father has freedom to make choices based on more than finances

Mr. Money Mustache: Father has freedom to make choices based on more than finances

Using the 4% rule as a rough guideline, he can rely on $885,000 nest egg to provide about $35,000 of income, fairly reliably for the rest of his life. 
Mr. Money Mustache: Spending, not income, key to saving more

Mr. Money Mustache: Spending, not income, key to saving more

"The first step is to streamline every single part of your existing lifestyle to cut out waste, hopefully without compromising on fun." 
Ask the Introvert: Seeking calm for the holiday season? Get outside

Ask the Introvert: Seeking calm for the holiday season? Get outside

Researchers at Harvard University, among others, have found that the more we walk in nature, the less we overthink. Technically? Natural stimulus reduces activity in our prefrontal cortex. That’s the area devoted to abstract thought, which introvert brains seem to favor. 
Get Growing: Get that easy-to-grow garlic in the ground now

Get Growing: Get that easy-to-grow garlic in the ground now

Garlic isn’t picky at all. In fact, it’s one of the easiest plants to grow, is incredibly forgiving and is hard to mess up.