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Where does the time go?

It’s been four months since I relocated to this area to accept the position of editorial page editor for the Watertown Daily Times. And my journey so far has been both challenging and memorable.

My apologies for not making this introduction sooner. But being new to Northern New York, I thought it best to keep my head down and absorb as much as I could about the region’s people, culture, industries and history before starting to write an opinion column.

I still have much to learn about the communities throughout the north country, and so treading cautiously on particular issues is advisable. But just the same, this is as good a time as any to launch this new initiative.

My background includes more than 25 years of experience in community journalism in the Chicago area. I’ve been a reporter, staff writer, editor, copy editor, news editor, managing editor and opinions editor for newspapers covering Chicago’s South Side — where I grew up — as well as the city’s western and southwestern suburbs. While my duties have been broad and varied, I have specialized in opinion writing.

And that makes my taking over as editorial page editor for the Times so special. Overseeing the opinions section of a daily newspaper has long been my professional aspiration, and it’s been such a joy to begin planting roots in this newsroom and in this community.

My mission for the editorial page is to provide a forum where local, state and national issues can be discussed in a lively and thought-provoking manner. Of any section of a newspaper, this is where readers and staff members engage each other most directly on news that’s relevant to all of us. It’s where we exchange ideas about how these stories impact us and what we as a news organization can do to cover them better.

Through this column, I will offer my insights on news items — particularly as they have been represented by other people (residents, community leaders, elected officials, frequent commenters or letter-writers, etc.). Hence the name I’ve chosen for my column, “A Second Opinion.” I’ll use this space online to blog at least several times a week and periodically print some of those posts on this page.

My goal in this position is to solicit a range of viewpoints reflecting the diversity of the north country. But while I look forward to receiving readers’ input, material published on this page or online must conform to the standards of accuracy and civility. This platform must not be used as a vehicle for demeaning other individuals or groups of people, and such attempts will be declined.

As nothing I do will achieve perfection, I will always be open to suggestions or criticisms. Feel free to call me at 315-661-2369 or send emails to jmoore@wdt.net. Letters submitted for publication should be sent to letters@wdt.net.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me in my four short months here. It’s a true blessing to work for a newspaper company with such an engaged readership, and I eagerly anticipate the road ahead.

Jerry Moore is the editorial page editor for the Watertown Daily Times. Readers may call him at 315-661-2369 or send emails to jmoore@wdt.net.

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