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Got something to say? Try out for the Monitor Board of Contributors

Mel Graykin wrote about her late-summer harvest of peaches and wintertime hiking in the White Mountains.

John Gfroerer wrote about casino gambling legislation and a Merrimack River
adventure.

Robin Nafshi wrote about a proposed prohibition on workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Peggo Horstmann Hodes wrote about attending her first Phish concert. Curt Whittaker wrote about Anthem’s proposed network of health care providers under the state’s new insurance exchange.

They and their colleagues on the Monitor’s board of contributors kept our Opinion pages local and lively for the past year. Their term is now up, and we’re looking for some new blood. I’d like to encourage you to try out for a spot on the board, too. If you have something to say, this is your chance.

The board is made up of about a dozen local writers. We pick members with an eye toward diversity of interests and expertise. Of course, we’re also looking for people who can write clearly and with panache.

Board members are expected to write at least four essays over the course of the year. We’re looking for folks with something to say about local life and New Hampshire issues. (If you want to write about Syria or Ted Cruz, this isn’t the gig.)

Writers are paid a small fee for their work. The bigger reward is the soapbox from which they can contribute to the local conversation and help shape civic affairs.

Specifically this year, we’d love to add a medical professional who could write about everything from patient care to health-related policy at the State House. We’d like to include someone who can write with authority on environmental issues. We’d like to hear from someone plugged into the affairs of downtown Concord.

A public employee who could shed light on the state bureaucracy would be a terrific addition. Students, faculty or staff from any of our local colleges are also encouraged to apply – and help Monitor readers understand what’s new in academia.

We’re open to writers on other topics too, of course, and even some generalists. Elected officeholders and candidates for public office will not be considered.

We retain the right to reject columns on the basis of taste or the quality of the writing, but we try to work with contributors on such problems and get their opinions into print. Columns published in the newspaper will also be posted on our website, concordmonitor.com.

Those who apply will be asked to write a sample column. On the basis of those columns, we will put together a new board. My hope is to keep some veterans and welcome some newcomers too.

If you’d like to be considered for the board, send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to me at fbelman@cmonitor.com or Felice Belman, Concord Monitor, P.O. Box 1177, Concord 03302-1177. I will write back with some further instructions on the sample column. We’ll announce the members of the new board later this fall.

(Felice Belman can be reached at 369-3370 or fbelman@cmonitor.com.)

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