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Let’s get the conversation started

My dad was a newspaperman. As editor-in-chief of The Michigan Daily, he seriously considered a career in journalism but opted for business instead. However, he never let go of his journalistic roots. He believed that the news meant truth and that it served as the ultimate form of checks and balances. If the government, the businesses, the academics or the actions within a community could not be trusted, it was the newspaper’s responsibility to expose the facts, share with others what was really happening. I share my dad’s belief.

In a small community like ours — one that relies on tourism as its predominant source of economics — not everyone wants controversial articles printed, shaking up the status quo. Some people prefer the Summit Daily to act as a cheerleader for the tourist industry, reporting on good news and growth and demanding enthusiasm for our community. However, we are not immune to challenges and difficulties, and, in my opinion, they need to be discussed.

I hope that my column, Think Twice, will serve as a forum to explore a range of issues that affect our community. I’m not looking for an argument nor am I looking for solidarity; rather, I’m looking for discussion surrounding controversial topics. Our world, our country and our community will be better served if we find a way to common ground.

So where do we begin? By awareness.

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As we build on awareness, we can begin to grow, to heal and, perhaps, to act. We are not a community that should cater solely to tourism. We are real people with real issues. It’s time to take a deeper look at ourselves and think twice about how we react to questions and concerns that arise. I look forward to this column serving as a springboard for dialogue, perhaps debate. Feel free to offer commentary, bring topics to the table and question what’s being said in a constructive and healthy manner. Freedom of speech is one of America’s constitutional rights. Let’s exercise it.

Carrie Brown-Wolf teaches at Colorado Mountain College, offers individual editing and writing support, and is the author of Soul Sunday. She lives in Silverthorne.

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