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March 5, 2009

From the Publisher's Desk: New Star features are available for readers

As in any organization, you constantly look at what you do, then take a good, hard look and ask why you do it.

"Because we have always done it that way" is not a reason to continue along a path that may be a dead end. The effort put forth should produce some value in the end product.

It's part of the evolution process companies go through, and this week, The Daily Star has two exciting launches that I want to tell you about.

On Monday, we started a weekly feature, "My turn." It is a community-based guest column that is anchored on the Community pages of your local newspaper.

Our local area has a lot to offer, including experts on topics that affect us all. So, why not have them share their expertise?

Knowledge is power, and the more informed we all are, the better off we will be.

Now, I know that our Opinion page prints community opinions through letters to the editor, but this is different.

While this column is still the writer's opinion, its focus is to educate and tackle subjects that many of us face. It can give a more varied point of view _ or a real-world perspective, if you will _ than a news story might allow.

If you missed the inaugural column (online at www.thedailystar.com/columns/local_story_061044502.html), Scott Davis, chief executive officer of Country Club Automotive Group, talked about the General Motors organization and state of the auto industry.

But he also went further, describing how local dealers contribute to our economy and how we all must do our part by working together and supporting local businesses.

The essence of this new feature was embodied in his column _ we are bombarded with national and state issues, but when it boils down to it, don't we really care about the local impact?

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