Shannon Lukens: Service worthwhile

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My four-month term of service on the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board now is over. The experience was enlightening, educational and certainly lively.

The Editorial Board for our local newspaper is a weekly commitment with three staff members: Editor Brent Boyer, General Manager Scott Stanford and reporter and columnist Tom Ross. Two community representatives are selected. I was one of them for the recently completed term, as was local economist Scott Ford.

Serving on the board made for an interesting couple of hours of my time each week, to say the least. The group is very knowledgeable about our community’s issues and equally as passionate about Steamboat Springs and its community members. Many times I did not agree with the consensus of the group, but my opinion was recognized and appreciated. As a result, an opposing viewpoint or thought frequently was added to the biweekly editorials and never completely was dismissed.

This new volunteer experience has given me a better appreciation of city and county politics. An added bonus was the national election in November, with the presidential issues and the complicated and interesting statewide election.

While I have learned a tremendous amount, I also am honored to have been asked to participate and to share my opinion each week through this interesting venue. With an extensive journalism background, it is exciting to be able to experience something new and so worthwhile. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

Shannon Lukens

Steamboat Springs

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