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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.
Ruby Bowman letter to the editor: Prairie dogs were here first

Ruby Bowman letter to the editor: Prairie dogs were here first

"The truth is that prairie dogs and other native wildlife were here first, before the advent of farming, ranching and recreation," said Bowman.
For community, in community: Longmont United Hospital through the eyes of three women

For community, in community: Longmont United Hospital through the eyes of three women

"With the changes in our society during this pandemic happening lightning fast before our eyes, Mary, Alissa and Adena left no doubt in the common table around which we sat, that Longmont United Hospital is here to answer the growing needs and to walk with the Longmont community every step of the way."
Longmont Bike Night is back for shortened ride through summer

Longmont Bike Night is back for shortened ride through summer

Bike Night is rolling again, hitting the streets of Longmont for community rides through Sept. 16.
Councilmember Joan Peck letter to the editor: Air Quality Monitoring in Longmont and COGA

Councilmember Joan Peck letter to the editor: Air Quality Monitoring in Longmont and COGA

I support renewing Dr. Helmig’s contract with Longmont for air quality monitoring. It is my duty as a council member to advocate for the health and welfare of our residents both in the city as well as the county.
Introducing a new Leader column from Longmont United Hospital

Introducing a new Leader column from Longmont United Hospital

"Each week you’ll find a column from a member of our hospital, local clinic or physician practice. We look forward to talking about ways to live healthier, lower the risk of disease and help you better understand your health and wellness."  
Police officer Craig Mansanares wins Longmont Symphony Orchestra super conductor fundraising contest

Police officer Craig Mansanares wins Longmont Symphony Orchestra super conductor fundraising contest

Candidates Craig Mansanares, Denise Kloster and Tim O’Neill competed over the course of multiple months to raise more money than each other, all for the sake of the symphony. Collectively they raised more than $10,000, with Mansanares leading the charge. 
Longmont Humane Society Pet of the Week Aug. 14

Longmont Humane Society Pet of the Week Aug. 14

"Maxwell would likely do well with another cat, as well as a polite dog."
FRCC child care program helps single mother reach for master's degree

FRCC child care program helps single mother reach for master's degree

Danielle Holmes felt herself teetering toward emotional collapse while trying to attend classes at Front Range Community in Longmont and raise her special-needs teenage daughter. “I was on decline,” said 39-year-old Holmes.
Longmont Sister Cities commemorates 75 years of peace with Japan

Longmont Sister Cities commemorates 75 years of peace with Japan

Longmont was one of 50 Sister Cities to participate in the event.
Former inmate finds success with TRI

Former inmate finds success with TRI

Cynthia Cherry is working on her Master's degree with the support of the Longmont nonprofit.