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Help make this newspaper great

As promised last week in this column, the Sierra Sun’s Reader Advisory Board is now up and running.

That means readers open to being contacted by us here at the newspaper can sign up using their e-mail addresses at and become part of our newsroom.

But before we go further, let me preface this with the explicit promise that your address won’t be used by anyone but Sierra Sun editors to contact you on subjects and issues regarding news and the newspaper. (That even though I have a great investment opportunity for you in Nigeria involving discounted supplies of Viagra, Cialis and Vicoden … um, that’s a joke by the way.)

All kidding aside, we believe the Reader Advisory Board will be a unique way for editors and reporters to interact with the community on any number of topics. As people sign up, we’ll send an e-mail introducing ourselves. The understanding is that by joining the advisory board, you are willing to be contacted for a variety of things like editorial topics, story ideas, content and design considerations and offer yourself as a source in a story.

We’ll ask you what your interests are and if your professional background would lend to you being a good informational source for a story.

Say you spent your career practicing labor law and have retired to our corner of the mountains. Well, you’d be a great source for a story we might do on how locals get by on minimum wage.

Perhaps you are retired and we’re doing a story on Social Security reform and how it affects locals. We’d love to talk to someone here in our neck of the woods rather than a talking-head bureaucrat 3,000 miles away.

The opportunities are endless. And this isn’t just us asking you things. We’ll want input from you on story ideas and what you’d like ” or wouldn’t like ” to see in the newspaper.

To sign up, go to and on the left side of the page you’ll see “Help make this paper great.” Click on that and there will be a place to join the Sierra Sun advisory board.

I hope to be hearing from you soon.

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