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Brent Boyer: Look at who’s back

— It didn't take long for my phone to start ringing.

We've published two Rob Douglas columns in the past month, and both elicited phone calls and emails from readers either thrilled with his return to writing or furious that the Steamboat Today again was highlighting Rob's pointed opinions.

Half of those callers will be pleased to hear that Rob's column again will make a weekly appearance in the Steamboat Today beginning Friday. This is the second go-around for Rob's politics-based column, though readers will notice a distinct difference in the latest iteration.

Rob's "The View From Here" piece began in February 2008, and it wasn't long before he was diving head-first into contentious local issues with the wit and fire many readers would come to expect from him. I often disagreed — and still do — with Rob's perspective on local, state and national issues, but I appreciated and respected his honesty and fearlessness. Rob took strong stands on important issues, and his writing often led to valuable discussion and debate about those issues, whether in city hall or at SteamboatToday.com.

Rob stopped writing his weekly column in August 2009, and appropriately so. At the time, he was launching a political talk radio show with then-City Council President Cari Hermacinski, who just happened to be engaged in a contested race for her council seat. Given the strong city focus of Rob's column and the potential conflicts of interest, Rob and I agreed it was best to part ways.

Nearly three years later, Rob's talk radio show has come to an end, but his interest in political issues and writing hasn't. It's under these circumstances that his weekly column makes its return to the Steamboat Today, albeit with a slightly revised focus. Rob plans to turn his attention primarily to important regional, state and national issues but with a tie to Steamboat Springs, Routt County and the Yampa Valley.

I'm excited for Rob's return to writing. Love him or hate him, I hope his writing once again engages the community on timely and important subjects.

Brent Boyer is the editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He can be reached at 970-871-4221 or bboyer@SteamboatToday.com.