Opinion

We’ve listened, now it’s your turn

Next week marks yet another change in the local media landscape. For the first time in 22 years, The Express newspaper will no longer be on the scene. Like so many, we too wish publisher Nelson Becker the best in his next endeavour and thank him for his many contributions over the years to this community.

Since the announcement that The Express was closing its doors, not surprisingly we have received a flood of emails, phone calls and visits to our office wondering about how the Nelson Star will react to the loss. The Express had many unique and popular features in its fold, some many readers don’t want to lose.

The Nelson Star is your newspaper. We fill the pages, but you set the course. The stories, features and columns reflect this community. With such a diverse place as Nelson it’s not always an easy task, but we’re confident this newspaper holds up a pretty great mirror.

One of the most popular features in The Express was Fish Heads and Flowers. Little quips, compliments and complaints about every day life in our area. An outlet for folks to let others into their little worlds. A way to post what makes us happy and what makes us sad.

Almost immediately after the news broke about the fate of The Express, folks began asking us if we would include a similar feature in this newspaper. With the last edition of The Express now put to bed, the answer is yes. As both a compliment to Nelson Becker and a service to our readers, we will make Fish Heads and Flowers a regular part of the Nelson Star.

Now it’s your turn. You can start emailing or dropping off short submissions. All we ask is that you keep it classy, clean, and compact. Once we get enough entries we will share them with the community. All of the comments will be kept anonymous.

Fish Heads and Flowers certainly has a good ring to it, but again this is your newspaper so we are open to a name change. If you have some suggestions we’d like to hear those too.

Email submissions to editor@nelsonstar.com or drop them off in person at 514 Hall Street (you will find us below BiBO Wine Bar).

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