Joe Conason, a wonderful nationally-syndicated columnist who appears weekly as a guest on the Al Franken show would make a great addition to the Oregonian. On the Franken show recently he talked about how progressive radio is leading to more left-leaning columnists being syndicated and available. His columns are a frank look at what's going on politically at a time when we need all the clarity we can get.
Mr. Conason recently wrote me with this information on how to read his column on-line and the process for newspapers to pick up his column:
"All the information you may need is on the website maintained by Creators Syndicate, which is distributing my columns. The link to my page on their site is here The link to my current column on their site is here
Mr. Conason convinced me that an organized campaign is not the way to go, but if you feel that you'd welcome reading his column in the Oregonian, please send a letter to the commentary editor, GalenBarnett email@example.com and perhaps cc the letters-to-the-editor address firstname.lastname@example.org .
This is a good time and place to discuss strategy and also to nominate other columnists you'd like to be reading. I'd like to hear your thoughts.