It is with sadness and optimism for new opportunities ahead that I write my final editor’s column for Iron County Today. My family and I have made the difficult decision to move to Salt Lake City to follow other paths, and this will be my final week with this newspaper.
After two years as managing editor, I have learned many lessons, including the many awkward and painful lessons incumbent with having one’s work reviewed by thousands of people every week. But perhaps most importantly, like Wellesley, I have learned the importance of giving praise.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that not all news has to be bad news. There is so much good and so many great people to celebrate in this community, reporting anything else became unimportant and, in my humble opinion, unnecessary.
With all the negativity in the world, it was refreshing to hear about the good that goes on in this community, and to be able to share those stories with all of you through this newspaper.
In that spirit, for all that this paper has accomplished over the past two years, including much recognition by the Utah Press Association and many kind phone calls and “thank yous” from readers, praise and well-deserved recognition goes to the reporters, designers, and the sales and office personnel of this paper. Without them, I am nothing.
Ashley Langston, Corry Cox, Devin Christ, Corey Baumgartner, Cody Smith, Rachelle Hughes, Charley Walquist, Craig Bennett, Lyle Goulding, Robert McCoy, Bernice Rember, Chanel Barnes, Tom Zulewski, Freddie Mason, Deborah Martineau, Stu Piltz, Scott Stahle, Gail Stahle, and so many community contributors deserve all the credit for the successes of this newspaper, as well as my heartfelt thanks and gratitude. Trust me when I say it was pure dumb luck that I happened upon these wonderful, talented people. When I review my time as editor, I am most proud of the accomplishments of this team. I have had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand the growth in talent, ability and confidence of those around me, through no fault of my own.
Lastly, thank you, dear reader, for supporting me and this paper. I cherish the many relationships I have made in this community over the past two years. You have been kind and patient with me. You welcomed my family and me with open arms and helped us feel a sense of belonging. I am deeply impressed with all that you do, especially as it relates to helping and loving your fellow community members.
So, until we meet again, God bless and remember to keep giving praise to those around you. They deserve it!