EDITORIAL: If you have something to say - tell us


Regular readers will notice changes to today's editorial page with more of your letters featuring.
One measure of a successful newspaper is the number of letters it receives from readers. With that in mind, we've introduced a Wednesday Write-in section in order to publish more of your views.
And we're awarding a Lotto ticket to the author of one of the best letters of the previous six publishing days as judged by our letters page editor.
Over the past few months, Hawke's Bay Today has been doing its best to stimulate more debate on community issues via our editorial page. And readers have responded in large numbers whether by texting the editor or writing to us.
Hot issues have included Hastings getting tough on dangerous dogs, Regional Sports Park funding, confiscation of sandwich boards in Napier and the troubles at Cranford Hospice.
Some of the topics that catch the public imagination come as a surprise - who knew homeopathy could create so much debate (see right), or cow dung on Rotary footpaths for that matter.
People in Hawke's Bay hold strong views on happenings in their region and are not afraid to say what they think. Hawke's Bay Today applauds that attitude - that's democracy and if those in power sometimes don't like to hear what our readers have to say, well, tough. After all, it is local body election year.
We are now getting more letters and texts than we can print every week but we try our best to publish as many as possible and to represent a cross-section of opinion.
So if you have something to say - write in.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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