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The new year is a time to move forward, but it’s also a time for reflection. And when looking back at the CN&R in 2016, it’s amazing to see the variety of voices on a wide range of issues week in and week out in our letters and guest commentary sections.

This week, for example, in a timely commentary, retired wildlife biologist Dean Carrier reminds us of the connection between the health of the marine environment and the sustainability of the food it provides. He warns us of the forthcoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and its proposed policies that will further imperil our oceans by rolling back environmental protections in pursuit of fossil fuels.

Last week, veteran Ron Toppi shared his experience at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota in support of the Standing Rock Sioux and their battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline—an oil pipeline that threatens the water source for the tribe and millions of other Americans.

CN&R’s readers consistently impress us with their heartfelt, thoughtful, poignant words and actions on these and other important topics. We thank them for their contributions over the past year and, as we head into 2017, encourage others to join the conversation.

So, send us your thoughts. Write us a letter. Email it to It’s easy. Letters should be no more than 200 words and must contain the author’s full name and city of residence for publication purposes, as well as contact information for verification. Guest commentaries are a little longer (340 words max) and must be accompanied by a photo of the author and a brief bio. Send them to

We look forward to hearing from you.