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The Longmont Leader accepts letters to the editor and op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics. Publication will be at the discretion of the editor and published opinions do not represent the views of The Longmont Leader or its staff. To submit a contribution, email info@longmontleader.com.
Guest column: Preparing for the “New Normal”

Guest column: Preparing for the “New Normal”

We need to be prepared that the "old normal" might not be coming back, and we don't know yet what the "new normal" is going to be.
Letter to the editor: Tony Pearson MD, Longmont United Hospital celebrates Doctors' Day

Letter to the editor: Tony Pearson MD, Longmont United Hospital celebrates Doctors' Day

The Longmont Leader accepts contributions, photos, and op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics.
Letter to the editor: Greg Tafel, Stances that reek of desperation

Letter to the editor: Greg Tafel, Stances that reek of desperation

"It is imperative that the American people see our political leaders as partners in working together to improve our common lot."
Guest column: Think You Don’t Have Time to Start Seeing a Primary Care Doc? Think Again!

Guest column: Think You Don’t Have Time to Start Seeing a Primary Care Doc? Think Again!

The number of Americans overall who have a relationship with a primary care physician is on the decline, with an estimated 25% of people lacking this type of ongoing relationship with a care professional.
Letter to the editor: Leadership is not about ignoring the evidence

Letter to the editor: Leadership is not about ignoring the evidence

"I am well aware that a number of leaders in Longmont and also in Boulder are going to be defensive about the truth and the truth is the leadership in Colorado has repeatedly failed to deal with the inevitable failures and to protect families from the mentally ill. "
Capitol Letters: Passage of Senate bill would mark step toward improving juvenile justice

Capitol Letters: Passage of Senate bill would mark step toward improving juvenile justice

"The bill would establish an official category of diversion that is pre-arrest. That’s really important."
Letter to the editor: Moving forward with FasTracks

Letter to the editor: Moving forward with FasTracks

"I agree with several RTD directors and Commuting Solutions that we need another funding source. Our best chance for success would be to go with a working partnership between Front Range Passenger Rail, Amtrak and RTD."
Community column: Spring forward with these time change tips

Community column: Spring forward with these time change tips

UCHealth sleep expert, Dr. Kelli Janata, says the detrimental health effects of losing an hour of sleep are real for some people, especially night owls and teens who have trouble going to sleep a little earlier once the clock has shifted.
Community column: Why is Longmont art important?

Community column: Why is Longmont art important?

"Though I am not a purveyor of magic potions that are going to make your life suddenly full of meaning, I think we all could use a little more local art in our lives. Who am I to suggest this? I am a local artist, working out of a studio downtown, who is tired of hearing 'I had no idea any of this was down here' every time someone stops in … and I’ll bet you’ve never heard of me." 
Capitol Letters: Bipartisanship still exists. This bill is one example

Capitol Letters: Bipartisanship still exists. This bill is one example

"In this time of hyper-partisanship, HB21-1139 makes a good parable about participatory democracy. It is a matter that can be discussed by a diverse group civilly, and on which people can question each other without rancor and even change their minds. It’s a good reminder that we don’t have all the answers."