Over the past two years of this newspaper's printing, some of you may have stumbled on to the opinions page wondering how your local reporters felt on certain topics. I’ve gotten many angry letters and emails during my time here while writing my weekly column. While it can be disheartening to receive such letters, it makes me realize I’m doing my job; and I’m doing it well if it caused someone to have such a strong reaction, they felt the need to take time out of their day to tell me exactly how they feel.

My job is not to write happy news or opinions, but report on the truth. And in regards to my column, Open Minds, Open Hearts, my goal is to do exactly that: open the hearts and minds of our readers.

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