To our readers, and our writers:
Normally around this time, the Observer calls for entries from writers who want to apply to be community columnists on the Viewpoint page in the coming year.
We will not have a formal Community Columnist program in 2009. We will instead accept column submissions from the community and run them on a less rigid schedule. We believe this will give readers the best selection and mix of national and local columns on timely topics.
If you want to submit a column for consideration, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten at email@example.com.