That's right, Xpress is inviting you, if you've got an opinion you'd like to see on our pages, to submit a column or a column idea. Here are the rules:
* A commentary can be no longer than 1,000 words.
* The topic must be local in nature.
* You, as the writer, must have either a personal connection to the topic or enough expertise in the matter to write a thoughtful, accurate column.
* Prepare to be edited.
Columns should be submitted to email@example.com.
— David Forbes, staff writer