Your commentary welcome – but please heed our guidelines

Oregon Capital Chronicle invites guest columns about state issues and politics. We’ll keep out insults, campaigning.

October 8, 2021 6:30 am

More local news that is trusted is one way to combat misinformation. (Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Through guest commentaries, Oregon Capital Chronicle will provide a safe place for discussion of state issues and policies.

We invite you to participate in civil discourse that is informative, engaging and thought provoking.

Of particular interest are pieces that consider solutions – how do we as Oregonians fix an issue or progress on better care of our people and state?

This isn’t the place for campaigning, for recycling previously published items, or for personal attacks. This isn’t the place for Democrats or Republicans to tell us how bad the other party is. There is enough of that material floating around out there.

Here are the guidelines for submitting a commentary. We will edit for clarity and style and make no promise to publish every submission.


  • Maximum length: 750 words.
  • Cite factual information – and the source – to support your view.
  • Provide a full name and contact information for the author who is credited with the commentary.
  • Include a one-sentence biography, public email for contact, and website address as appropriate for your organization.
  • Anonymous articles or those submitted only in the name of an organization won’t get published.
  • Campaigns and candidates can save the typing – self-promotional pieces don’t make the cut for our commentary section.
  • Calling out a public official for public conduct is allowed – if supported by facts and isn’t just a personal rant. These will get close scrutiny.
  • Send your commentary with your contact information to [email protected].
  • Exceptions. There are always exceptions. If you have a compelling reason your commentary merits special treatment, email Editor Les Zaitz ([email protected])

Questions? Don’t hesitate to get clarification before you write. Editor Les Zaitz ([email protected])

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site.

Les Zaitz
Les Zaitz

Les Zaitz is a veteran editor and investigative reporter, serving Oregon for more than 45 years. He reported for The Oregonian for 25 years and owns community newspapers and a digital news service. He is a national SPJ fellow, two-time Pulitzer finalist, including for a lengthy investigation of Mexican drug cartels in Oregon and five-time winner of Oregon’s top investigative reporting award. He has investigated corrupt state legislators, phony charities, and an international cult that moved to Oregon, and the biggest bank failure in Oregon history. He also has been active in reforming the state’s public records law and was appointed by the governor to the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council. In his spare time, he operates a ranch nestled in a national forest, feeding horses and assorted animals.