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We are getting to that time of year when we bring on new members to our editorial board. In case you didn’t know, our editorials are based on the majority opinion of our editorial board, which is composed primarily of community members.

For the past year, community members Buzz Beauchamp, Nicole Bradshaw, Rex Hanson, John Jolley and Kathleen Tuck have been meeting with publisher Matt Davison and me here at the Idaho Press office to talk about a wide range of issues.

We almost always start out with topics that the community members want to discuss, based on articles they’ve seen in the newspaper. We then have an often lively discussion about the topic and decide what we want our editorial position to be. We don’t always agree unanimously, but if we have a dissenting opinion, we try to include that perspective in the editorial.

Meetings are one hour, from 3 to 4 p.m., each Tuesday.

However much I have enjoyed the company and insights of our current board members, it is time to let them have their Tuesday afternoons back and to invite a new group of board members.

I’d be willing to bet that community members would tell you that they’ve enjoyed being on the editorial board and will miss it once their terms are over. I admit that it is a highlight of my week. I always look forward to our spirited conversations and the opportunity to talk with an engaged and informed group of readers. I will also note that some past editorial board members have gone on to even greater civic roles, including two current Nampa City Council members.

So how about it? Who wants to be on the next editorial board? It is voluntary. Terms are for one year, and the meetings are one hour per week Tuesday afternoons. We ask that editorial board members commit to attending at least 75 percent of the meetings (if you come every meeting, that’s OK, too).

We’re looking for board members from Ada and Canyon counties, and we’re looking into video conferencing options, so we can meet together virtually, no matter where you are.

If you’re interested in being on the editorial board and can make the commitment, send us an email to op-ed@idahopress.com answering the following questions:

1. Who are you? Please include some background about your family and career.

2. How long have you lived in the community?

3. What do you like and dislike about the Treasure Valley?

4. What are your community activities?

5. What are your potential conflicts of interests?

6. What are your pet peeves?

7. What are the three issues that you won’t ever change your mind about?

8. Name at least one issue you have changed your mind about.

9. Why do you want to serve on the editorial board?

I look forward to hearing from you, and I look forward to meeting a new group of editorial board members.

Scott McIntosh is the editor of the Idaho Press. Call 208-465-8110 or email smcintosh@idahopress.com.

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