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Jack Zaleski, Published August 14 2011

Zaleski: A new voice for the opinion pages

There’s a new face in The Forum opinion section. Michelle Turnberg, a former popular television news journalist, begins her regular column today. She brings a fresh and fascinating perspective to her writing, which will, I hope, generate interest and comment.

Turnberg is no novice in the news business. She got started while still in college, and later became one of the F-M TV market’s most visible faces on the local news. Her abrupt departure was a loss for her fans and for those of us to who appreciate serious broadcast news. In her first Forum column today, she takes the opportunity to, at last, say goodbye to her viewers, a courtesy she was denied when she was shown the door at KXJB/KVLY. She also reintroduces herself to the community.

She’s got the spirit, insight, experience and intelligence to be a keen observer and reporter. We’re happy to have her aboard at The Forum.

Meanwhile, look for more additions in the not-too-distant future. Promotions begin this week for a multi-media “confrontation” between an advocate on the left and an advocate on the right. We’re calling it “Forum Faceoff.”

The two well-known Fargo personalities are involved in their community in everything from politics and media to schools and the arts. It looks to be a great combo for lively and intelligent debate.

We’ll use video of their debates/discussion on inforum.com, and each of them will write a kind of point-counterpoint column for Sunday’s opinion section on the same topic.

Who? Stay tuned. Watch newspaper, television and inforum promotions this week.

And look for even more additions/changes on the opinon pages in coming months.

Letters reminder

The summer trickle of letters is giving way to the usual seasonal blizzard. As we slog toward next year’s election campaigns, letter writers tend to crank up their activity.

A reminder: Not every letter gets published. We just don’t have the space to accommodate every letter that arrives by email, snail mail or hand delivery. Writers should understand that fact, and not demand that their letter be published. The selection is our call.

Even letters that meet requirements published every day on the editorial page might not make the cut because of letter volume. Letters that don’t adhere to the requirements (including being subject to editing) get tossed.

Love the letters; keep ’em coming. But we can’t print all

of them.

Contact Editorial Page Editor Jack Zaleski at (701) 241-5521.