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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.

Centura Health on health: Narcotics in America and the need for alternative pain treatment

Centura Health on health: Narcotics in America and the need for alternative pain treatment

Prescription drugs were involved in nearly a third of overdose deaths in 2018. For a point of reference, only 3,442 people died from prescription drug overdoses in 1999.
Longmont Wild: What’s the science behind nature’s fall fashion show?

Longmont Wild: What’s the science behind nature’s fall fashion show?

When fall rolls around, the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler. This signals trees to stop making food and to prepare for winter. Because the green pigment chlorophyll is no longer needed to make food for the tree, it breaks down, which allows other pigments to show through. 
Money Monday: What do I do with extra money I want to save for retirement?

Money Monday: What do I do with extra money I want to save for retirement?

You can always add to your “retirement” balance, even after retirement.
Ask the Introvert: Small talk no small task for 'innies'

Ask the Introvert: Small talk no small task for 'innies'

For introverts, coming up with a well-timed casual remark can feel as daunting as climbing a 14er in stilettos.
Centura Health on health: A second chance at recovery

Centura Health on health: A second chance at recovery

"Centura Health is the first health care system to put the powerful overdose antidote Naloxone directly in the hands of those in greatest need."
Inside the Ballot Box: Diving in to reasons to support Ballot Question 3C

Inside the Ballot Box: Diving in to reasons to support Ballot Question 3C

Ballot Question 3C seeks voter approval for a bond issue to fund water system infrastructure upgrades.
Money Monday: Should my teen invest in a taxable brokerage account?

Money Monday: Should my teen invest in a taxable brokerage account?

Your idea is a great one. Her future will only grow from there.
Centura Health on health: Diabetes — the types, the risks and a potential game-changing treatment

Centura Health on health: Diabetes — the types, the risks and a potential game-changing treatment

In 2018, the American Diabetes Association reported that more than 10% of the U.S. population had diabetes, and that millions may be suffering from this disease but have not yet been diagnosed.
Inside the Ballot Box: Bringing it close to home with Longmont Ballot Question 3D

Inside the Ballot Box: Bringing it close to home with Longmont Ballot Question 3D

Charter amendment on ballot as Question 3D extends the city’s options for leasing property.
Money Monday: Simple ways to save

Money Monday: Simple ways to save

You can attack the problem by spending less, earning more or both. For most people, spending is much easier to control.