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Even though we've frequently presented guest editorials, phone responses and rebuttals, since "Point of View" began nearly ten years ago the only voice that's been heard on a regular basis is mine. But we're going to experiment with that formula starting Monday by giving long-time newspaper columnist and editorial writer Betty Winston Baye the opportunity to present some of her opinions here on WDRB.
Why experiment like this? Well, the intent of "Point of View" has always been to stimulate discussion and debate regarding the issues that affect our community. And anyone who's familiar with Ms. Baye's columns has to admit she's more than capable of doing just that.
And while I've always tried to let common sense determine my positions rather than one single ideology, I don't deny I'm fairly conservative on most issues. So Betty's relatively liberal viewpoints should stir up a different kind of discussion.
She certainly sees a lot of things differently than I do, and neither of us will be shy about challenging the other. But that's the whole point, and I think it'll be interesting to see how our viewers react to a somewhat wider range of viewpoints.
Will the arrangement continue? Only if everyone involved – including you – thinks it's worthwhile. So tune in Monday and see what you think. Like us, we hope you'll give Betty a chance and then we'll see what happens.