Commentary section is home to many opinions

Five days a week, the Commentary section of The Daily Sentinel — the pages you are reading now — and the Opinion section of provide a broad array of opinions.

There are the views of our regular local and national columnists. These writers offer a broad array of expertise and political views, although people at both ends of the political spectrum often accuse us of being too heavily weighted on either the liberal or conservative side of the ideological divide.

Frequently on Sundays, and occasionally other days, there are guest columns by people writing on topics we think will be of special interest to our readers — primarily local, regional or state issues.

There are also letters to the editor. This year, as in most recent years, we will publish well over 1,000 letters to the editor on the printed pages of The Daily Sentinel, and many more online. The authors of these letters are as diverse, philosophically, as one can imagine, and their opinions run the gamut from politics to parenting, local to global.

We’re pleased to receive so many letters to the editor. They indicate Sentinel readers are highly engaged in the affairs of the Grand Valley, the Western Slope, the state and nation.

Frequently, those letters to the editor take issue with something that has been published in The Daily Sentinel, either in this Commentary section or in the news sections of the paper. Unless they are libelous, factually incorrect or much longer than our 300 word limit, we try to publish them.

What other business, organization or government entity posts the words of its critics in a prominent place on a daily basis for all of its customers and the public to see?

Contrary to what some people believe, we don’t reject letters to the editor simply because they disagree with the editorial position of this newspaper. We publish those letters as well, assuming they meet the requirements listed above.

But readers should know, there is only one place on the Commentary pages where they will find the official opinion of The Daily Sentinel. That is in this spot, labeled “Editorials” in both the print edition of the Sentinel and on

The editorials are not the opinion of one single person or writer. They represent the institutional position of this newspaper. Even columns by the publisher, editorial page editor or other Daily Sentinel writers represent only the individual opinions of those writers, not the official opinion of the newspaper.

When it comes to candidate endorsements and many other important issues, those opinions are formulated after meetings of the Sentinel’s editorial board. The members of that board are listed at the bottom of this page.

There seems to still be confusion regarding our editorial views. Readers sometimes declare, “Well, you printed that person’s column. You must agree with their position or you wouldn’t have published it.”

In fact, we publish columns all the time with which we disagree. It would be impossible for us to agree with all of them, since they express such a wide variety of viewpoints.

We hope readers will digest all of the many different opinions presented on these pages, and agree or disagree as they see fit.

But if you want to know what The Daily Sentinel’s opinion is, you’ll only read it under the heading labeled “Editorials.”


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