We want your opinion!

Our readers may have noticed a change to our Opinion page over the past few weeks as part of an ongoing evaluation and revamp of the editorial content in The Record Delta.

So what’s new? We’re going to open things up to the community. Each week, we’ll post a topic pertinent to the news of the day and ask readers from across the community to tell us what they think.

The following week, we’ll review those submissions and select a few for publication. We’ll also announce a new topic.

This accomplishes a few things. First, it gets our readers involved. We want our customers to feel invested in the newspaper. Second, as a community newspaper we seek to represent many different and diverse voices. This allows us to broaden our reach. Finally, by offering a weekly topic, we hope to encourage a spirited, respectful and focused debate on a range of issues.

Without further ado, here’s the first topic:

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting this week. In anticipation of the decision, this spring West Virginia became one of just six states to pass legislation legalizing sports wagers. Are you looking forward to sports betting in West Virginia? Do you feel it will be a positive or negative for our state?

Submissions are due Monday, May 28 by noon, and those selected for publication will appear in the Wednesday, May 30 newspaper.

A few tips to get you started: keep things simple. Write like you’re talking to a friend. The shorter, the better; we hope most submissions stay under 500 words. Sometimes a sentence or two is all it takes. And don’t be shy, we have a wide audience — your opinion is valuable.

As with everything in the newspaper industry, this project remains a work in progress. We’re always happy to hear feedback, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Finally, if you’ve got something to say that doesn’t match up with the weekly topic, we love Letters to the Editor. So please, Upshur County, this is your chance to speak up. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

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