Bethesda Beat’s “Local Views”

Bethesda Beat invites the community to submit “Local Views” opinion pieces in our Saturday newsletter.

An op-ed of up to 600 words may be submitted on a topic of local interest; an exception might be considered for a longer piece. A topic of local interest is one that we have covered and that is specific to Montgomery County, rather than a national issue.

We welcome a wide range of ideas and opinions.

Our guidelines:

• Each piece must be written by and signed by an individual, whose name will be published, with a brief description of who they are, including hometown. A phone number must be provided for an editor to call and verify authorship; the number will not be published.

• We prefer that the op-ed be submitted by one person, either personally or on behalf of an organization. Exceptions might be considered.

• A source must be provided for any facts Bethesda Beat has not previously published. We will check that source and, whenever possible, link to it. If a source can’t be readily identified and the information easily verified, the piece or passage will not be published.

• Each piece will be edited for length, clarity, and style, at Bethesda Beat’s discretion. Pieces with personal attacks and potentially libelous comments will not be published.

• Pieces must be written for Bethesda Beat and must not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

• The person who wrote the piece must submit it directly to Bethesda Beat. We do not accept anything from a third party.

• After a piece is published, we generally will wait at least two months before considering publishing another piece by the same writer.

To submit a piece for Local Views, email Managing Editor Andy Schotz at