Joan von Kampen

Joan von Kampen is the Telegraph’s managing editor.

This page is different from every other page of The Telegraph.

In the rest of the paper, we strive to present a balanced, impartial view of what’s happening here and in the rest of the world. Sometimes we fall short in that effort and are rightly taken to task.

But on the editorial page, we seek to publish a diversity of opinions — columnists’ opinions, politicians’ opinions, your opinions and our own.

One particularly potent way to express opinions is through images. Political cartoons can amuse, but their intent generally is to provoke thought on a particular issue. Sometimes they evoke visceral reactions.

Like the columns and letters we publish, cartoons represent the opinion of the cartoonist.

Over the course of a week, we publish columns from writers across the political spectrum. Reflecting the community we serve, however, the Opinion Page does tend to lean right of center. While it’s inevitable that the overall tone of the opinion page also reflects the sensibilities of the editor, only unsigned editorials express the opinion of The Telegraph’s leadership.

Opinions, by definition, are not impartial. But by publishing them, we hope to encourage respectful thought and conversation about issues that affect us locally and nationally.

We invite you, our readers, to join that conversation.

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