Medical Opinion Editor, Rick Murray
Dr. Murray is one of the world’s leading authorities on medicine. He has published over 10 books featuring natural and organic approaches to health maintenance. His research into the healthcare benefits of proper nutrition is the foundation for a best-selling line of books. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Washington University in Seattle, Washington.
Before moving to Illinois, and even afterwards, our family spent summers at a cabin on a lake in Maine. There was no TV there, no phone, no doorbell—and email wasn’t even invented. All day there was time to swim and fish and mess around outside, and every night, there was time to read. I know those quiet summers helped me begin to think like a writer.
An opinion article, sometimes referred to as an op-ed article, is a commentary written by someone who is independent of the newspaper. These articles are published alongside the editorials, columnists and letters on the two Views pages of the IHT. These are the only pages on which the IHT presents opinions, whether those attributed to the paper, to columnists or to contributors. The Views pages are entirely independent of the news pages. The editors and reporters of the news department are not allowed to inject opinions into their work, nor to write for the Views pages. The editor of the editorial pages answers directly and solely to the Publisher.
An editorial is an article that presents the newspaper’s opinion on an issue. It reflects the majority vote of the editorial board, the governing body of the newspaper made up of editors and business managers. It is usually unsigned. Much in the same manner of a lawyer, editorial writers build on an argument and try to persuade readers to think the same way they do. Editorials are meant to influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, and sometimes cause people to take action on an issue. In essence, an editorial is an opinionated news story.