September 23, 2009 Wow! I take one week off from reading the paper and writing an opinion column; and I come back to find some of you have really taken Catherine to the cleaners!
Now, I don't always agree with her either. As far as that goes, there's no one person with whom I agree 100% of the time. That's why we're called individuals. But one thing I've discovered about our editor is that she strongly upholds our Constitutional right to free speech and press. (Otherwise she probably would have shut me off long ago.) She's fair, presents her opinion and allows us space to respectfully present ours. Actually, have you noticed that over the last several weeks the paper has created quite a forum in which to banter ideas? What a healthy thing! What a blessing, in fact, when you consider that in some countries people would only dream of such a privilege. I take that back. They wouldn't even dream of it, because they've had no experience with democracy.
Having said that about our editor, could I also say something about this paper? Think about it! Our local paper—the Tri-City Times—shares space with Woods-N-Water News—the magazine around which the huge outdoor weekend by that name was birthed. Outdoorsmen Tom Campbell and Randy Jorgensen—on staff for all three days—were the visionaries who planned the first outdoor event, never dreaming how it would look by now—23 years later. That's mighty close to a quarter of a century. Way to go, Randy and Tom!