More voices, and answers, on issues you care about

Welcome to the new Sunday Journal Opinion section.

Here you will find old favorites – including a local editorial, columns, letters to the editor, SpeakUp! and our captions contest. And never fear, John Trever will continue to tackle Albuquerque and New Mexico issues with his signature cartoons this and every Sunday.

We have also put an emphasis on bringing you different sides of an issue – packaging columns, letters and SpeakUps! on controversial proposals like the New Mexico United soccer stadium in a point-counterpoint format.

You will also find some new features, including Top of Mind – a question we ask readers each week about an issue affecting you and your community.

Also new is our On Your Behalf page on C-5. Everything on the page is aimed at getting you answers. Today, Journal contributor Julie Dreike explains who has to wear a mask in Albuquerque Public Schools buildings. The page also features Ellen Marks’ bi-weekly Scam Watch column and Ray Magliozzi’s weekly “Car Talk” column. And are you wondering how to trim your weekly grocery bill? We tackle that, too.

To close out the section, on page C-6 you will find our Portraits of Enchantment page, a weekly page dedicated to telling New Mexicans’ stories in images and words.

But that’s not all. Today’s section kicks off a week’s worth of redesigned and reorganized Journal Opinion pages.

Coming Mondays, we will bring you Solutions, a page of syndicated and local voices aimed at posing possible solutions – not just complaints.

And throughout the rest of the week we will continue to bring you:

• Local editorials that express the opinion of the Journal’s Editorial Board.

• Local columns and letters that take on issues affecting you, your friends and your neighbors.

• Syndicated columns that feature diverse viewpoints on news of the day.

• Syndicated editorial cartoons that make you chuckle, shake your head or look at an issue a little differently.

We hope you enjoy our new-look Opinion pages, and we look forward to hearing what you think. Details and contact information for the Editorial Board are on page C2.

Please share your thoughts if you have the time, and as always, thank you for reading the Albuquerque Journal!

– D’Val Westphal

Editorial page editor

Top of Mind is a weekly question about an issue affecting New Mexicans.

This week’s question: Do you think all children and adults should be required to wear masks inside New Mexico school buildings?

Want to participate in Top of Mind? Send your thoughts in 50 words or less with your name and city to question@abqjournal.com by Wednesday at 5 p.m. Look for reader responses in this space next week.

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