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Introducing Larry Croix, Community Columnist

Larry Croix didn’t think we’d even read the letter of inquiry he wrote in November 2008 when we issued a call for editorial board members. His humble selling point at the time was that “I am probably very different from the individuals who normally apply for this position.”

Well, there isn’t a mold we look for in community editorial board members, other than folks with a level head, an interest in local issues and the ability to discuss those civilly in a group. We also try to maintain a balance of political viewpoints, backgrounds and place of residence so the county is fairly represented. Larry, seen at left, a retired Port Orchard resident who had been a frequent commentor on kitsapsun.com (and frequent critic of the Port of Bremerton), fit that criteria far better than he had speculated. So we invited him to join the board, and didn’t regret the decision.

Near the end of his one-year term — during which he proved himself to be thoughtful when listening, informed when asking questions, patient in taking a stance and vocal when sticking to a belief —  he asked to write a “My Turn” column.

But rather than returning to posting his opinion on stories after his term on the board expired, Larry offered me more columns. We’ve published a few of them this year. He’s taken a shine to writing and crafting an opinion, and now, 18 months after meeting Larry, we’ll start publishing those more frequently.

Larry is joining our stable of community columnists in Thursday’s paper, and you’ll see his work twice a month on Thursdays for the foreseeable future. I’d invite you to offer any feedback you have, either to me or straight to Larry. Sun Opinion page community columnists — currently Pam Dzama, Larry Little, Rob Woutat and occasionally Roger Koskela — don’t write at my direction or at the behest of the editorial board, so he’ll learn how to deal with that part of having your mug in print.

While I’m on that topic, if you’re interested in joining that group, or know a local writer who would be a good fit, I’m always willing to listen (or read, perhaps). We added illustrator Abell Smith last Sunday, who will draw two cartoons per month for the Opinion page, and more Kitsap voices on that page improves the local conversation and furthers the relevance of the forum we offer. My email address, as always: dnelson@kitsapsun.com.

And to Larry: You didn’t think we’d be interested the first time, but we were and you didn’t disappoint. Now we’ll try it again. How’s that for pressure? (Good luck.)

Congressional Run Forces a Column Change

Tuesday’s opinion page did not include a column from Star Parker, who we typically pair with Richard Reeves. Parker has decided to run for Congress, in hopes of representing California’s 37th Congressional District. She’s unopposed in the Republican primary. Given that political involvement, her column will not appear on our pages for the duration of the campaign.

In Parker’s place Tuesday was a column by Ann McFeatters, a Scripps Howard columnist who has covered politics in Washington, D.C. for nearly 25 years. You’ll see McFeatters there for the immediate future, though we may try a few other voices out in that space over the coming weeks and months to see if there’s a better match.
If you’d like to suggest a columnist to see in that slot, or if you have feedback on McFeatters’ work, comment below or send me an e-mail: dnelson@kitsapsun.com.

— Another change you may have noticed on this page over the past month was the addition of a local editorial cartoon, which we’ve published here the past four Sundays.
Abell Smith, a Kingston illustrator, is the man behind that commentary, which has ranged from bikini coffee stands to state tax policy. We’ll feature a fifth from him this coming Sunday. The next decision is whether we retain that local editorial cartoon, a tradition the Sun has been without in recent years. Abell may be our guy, and I’m asking for feedback on that before we make the final call. E-mail address is above if you’ve got something to say.

— Finally, on Thursday morning we’ll host another live online editorial board meeting, so here’s fair warning. Rep. Norm Dicks will be in the Sun office for an interview, which you can tune in to and watch live at www.kitsapsun.com. There will also be a window hosting comments during the video, to allow further discussion between viewers. We’ll begin at 9 a.m.