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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: For innies, there's power in your comfort zone

Ask the Introvert: For innies, there's power in your comfort zone

" ... Working from your place of strength makes you a valuable player in the game of life. Even if you’re playing on a team of one."
Get Growing: Set your mind to it and watch your knowledge — and urban farm — grow

Get Growing: Set your mind to it and watch your knowledge — and urban farm — grow

If you’re the type of person who thinks you can’t possibly be good at something because you weren’t born with a specific innate ability, I invite you to challenge this mindset.
Longmont Local: Mystic Sisters, a shop born of love

Longmont Local: Mystic Sisters, a shop born of love

Mystic Sisters is a new retail shop that showcases metaphysical gifts, art and services.
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.