When The Herald-Mail receives letters from younger readers, it's often because they were assigned to write them by a classroom teacher.
Occasionally a topic like school dress codes or curfews stirs younger readers to comment on their own, but we get the impression that most of our letter-writers are past 21.
That's the usual pattern for editorial pages, but that doesn't mean that it has to be that way. Based on our contacts with young people in Washington County and the Tri-State area, we believe there are lots of them who are intelligent, articulate and concerned about what's going on in their community and the nation at large.
Starting today, we're going to begin a forum called "Young Voices." The editors may suggest topics, or they may just let younger readers talk about what is on their minds.