December 12, 2013As I sat at my desk this morning pondering what to write an editorial about this week, it occurred to me there are several things I'd like to address this week. Since this editorial space is mine to do as I see fit, I am going to cover just a few of those things that have been on my mind as of late.
The first item I would like to discuss is the long overdue break of my favorite columnist Doug Ives. Since we first met several months ago and the idea of his column, The New Normal was born, Mr. Ives has been threatening to retire on me. Fortunately for me, the ideas have kept flowing and he has kept on writing. He has turned into a regular contributor for the Valley Roadrunner and I look forward to reading his stories every week.
It saddens me to report that Doug Ives will be on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time beginning next week. In spite of all my begging, pleading and bribery attempts of free lunch at Valley Center's finest eating establishments, it seems that my favorite columnist has a life he is eager to get back to. I can only hope that when he returns from his holiday that the ideas continue to flow and the columns keep coming in. It has been a true pleasure to become privy to what goes through the mind of my new-found friend and I believe his musings have made the Roadrunner a bit more entertaining for all our readers.
So, thanks for playing along, Doug. I hope you have a great "vacation" and enjoy this well-deserved break. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.
The second thing I'd like to address this week is The Giving Tree, here at the Roadrunner office. I was only about 6 weeks into this job when I was approached by a member of the Valley Center Optimist Club about doing The Giving Tree. I was truly concerned about how I would be able to pull something of this magnitude off given my hectic schedule, but I jumped right in, as I am prone to do, and got the ball rolling.
Well thanks to the generosity of our readers, and the aforementioned Optimist's club, I'd say this has been much easier than I could have ever imagined. Almost all the names have been selected from our tree — only 15 remain — and the presents are now beginning to roll in.
We still need a few more generous readers to help us with these last names, but all in all, what a positive experience The Giving Tree has been for me. I'm excited to begin the next phase which is actually handing out these presents to the children. For me there is nothing more fulfilling than helping out the children of our community.
If you'd like to help with The Giving Tree, stop by the office, give me a call or send me an email. My contact info will appear at the end of this editorial.
The third thing I would like to address is tours for youth groups and our schools. There really isn't much to see here at the Valley Roadrunner offices, just a few desks and computers, but I am certainly open to tours of the building and discussions regarding the newspaper business with the different youth groups in our area.
I love the idea that a child might choose to become a journalist because of something they saw in our offices or something a writer here has said to them about what we do. Journalism is an exciting industry and sharing what we do is just one way we feel we can give back to our community.
So if you would like more information on The Giving Tree, to schedule a tour, or even just to say hi, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's keep the dialogue moving.