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"For allegedly arrogant institutions, newspapers are needy.We need readers. We need money. We need carriers. We need tons of dead trees and big greasy presses. We need we need we need.Mostly, to be any good, we need perspective. And for that, we have to have feedback.That's why the News-Times has a Community Advisory Board.Our board is composed of 10 members, from all walks of life and from all parts of our circulation area. Some are frequently sources in news stories. Some have never been in the paper, but do read it and do know whether it covers their interests and their corners of the community.Over the years, our board has given us invaluable insights into everything from the kinds of maps we run, or don't run, in our annual Almanac to the way we sell, or don't sell, newspapers. Advisory board ideas have led to our introduction of a regular food column; a man-on-the-street question featuring high school kids; and insight into whether, and how, the paper should cover suicides.Pretty much everything we do has, at one time or another, been mulled over by our board. It has helped keep us alive and lively as a newspaper, and helped us put out news that more of our readers want.But, being a newspaper, we need we need we need ... a few new members. Some of our current boardmembers have dropped away, and some are nearing the ends of their volunteer terms, so I am looking for some new people with new perspectives to help us guide our path.We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 in the morning for an hour-and-a-half in the News-Times conference room on SE Barrington Drive. If you'd like to help us out, please send me a short note outlining your interest, and a brief biographical background.As I said, we try to keep the board balanced, including a some from Coupeville, Oak Harbor and Greenbank, some with official titles and some without, some with military ties and some without. We need you to be able to tell us not just what you think of the paper and its possibilities, but what others you meet in the community seem to think as well.My address is: Editor, 800 SE Barrington Dr., Oak Harbor 98277. Or you can e-mail me at dfisher@whidbeynewstimes.comI appreciate the time, in advance. David Fisher is editor of the News-Times."

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