Well, Weatherford, it’s been interesting.
In the two-and-a-half years that I’ve been editor at the Weatherford Democrat, that’s really the word that best sums up my experiences.
There have been very good times — times that didn’t always include laughter. One of my most memorable interviews was sitting in the dining room of a mother who had recently lost her son. Recalling her loss, she cried. I cried. And, when I left, I felt a closeness that comes when someone is kind enough to not only let you into their home, but let you see the emotions in their heart.
There have been some bad times. I got a call one afternoon from a person with good intentions. He wanted to let me know that a “hate blog” — an online chat board — had been started about me. I’m not sure what he expected me to do. It irritated me — I’m human. When someone talks bad about me, it’s upsetting. But, ultimately, I wouldn’t have taken any action. I believe people have the right to free speech and being in the public eye, I’m as much of a target as anyone else.
As you have probably guessed, however, no amount of bad has been able to chase me away and no amount of good can make me stay.
Soon, I’ll be leaving Weatherford on my own terms — and love me or hate me, you’ll still be in good hands.
I’m getting married in December and my fiance and I have decided to live in Denton, which is far too far away for me to continue the job of being a community editor.
The staff here at the Democrat will continue to persevere and in the coming days, you’ll find out all about the new editor that we’ve chosen to replace me.
Rest assured, the needs of readers in Parker County will continue to be a top priority for the Weatherford Democrat.
When I first moved to town in May 2010, I wanted to get to know everyone and I made sure that everyone knew I have an open-door policy. While that made for some interruptions during my regular work day, it enabled me to be able to meet as many people in the community as possible. I wouldn’t trade those missed minutes at my computer for anything.
Although I’ve heard, at times, that I must align myself with the most “powerful” people in Weatherford, the fact is that the most influential people here have been the ones who rarely try to curry favor with the public.
The truth is no one is more powerful than you, our average, ordinary reader. Don’t let anyone ever make you think anything different. I listen to my readers and go to great lengths to ensure that we have a common understanding. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. But, I always see my most important job as one that involves the “average Joe” or “average Jane.”
So many of you have let me into your homes and businesses to be interviewed for stories or just to chat. As I move on to the next chapter of my life, I will miss that most of all.
But, I am thankful, Weatherford, that I got to meet you and be here with you. It’s been interesting, and it’s also helped me grow.
Well, Weatherford, it’s been interesting.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: I have been corrected
I was complaining about President Obama making promises that he has not kept, such as taxes will not go up one dime or health care will go down about $2,500 per year for a family of four. He said he would cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. He said he would have an immigration plan in place. What he really meant was that if Congress would allow it, we would have open borders.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Concern for your pocketbooks
Dear Editor: My message today is to Democrats out in Parker County and the middle class and moderate-income Republicans in towns and rural areas.
NOW HEAR THIS: Taking care of your tools
For much of my life I’ve heard the saying, “Take care of your tools, and your tools will take care of you.” In our modern “throw away world” this has become much less important than it used to be, but down on the “pore farm,” tools still enjoy a prominent position in my daily life.
PASTOR POPHIN: The greatest joy of all: Jesus
The first part of this week was a joyous one for me. I took 10 youth to Lake Mineral Wells State Park for three days of day camping. Camp Adventure was the name of the camp. We discovered the joy of the One who created us: Jesus. I am sitting at my desk on the day after the camp writing this article. I am overjoyed by the events of the week, and yet I am physically exhausted. The Lord moved powerfully among our youth.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Now is the time for all good men...
When man’s greed, desire for riches, power and control of our nation become greater than their love of humanity and our country, by constantly fomenting discord and hate among the citizens, warmongering and constantly talking of wars against other nations - it is putting political ideology before the welfare of citizens and country. It is time for We the People to take a good look at these men involved - no matter their status in our nation, we call the United States of America and decide whether or not they deserve the privilege and sanctuary of our nation.
TISCIONE: Finding a church
God commands His people to “keep holy the Sabbath Day.” The “Sabbath Day” was changed by the apostolic church to the first day, Sunday. The church refers to every Sunday as the Lord’s Day. Each Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, a professing Christian will seek to find a local church in which to invest in the kingdom and worship the King!
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: What’s your current address?
Shortly after we moved to Weatherford 19 years ago, the old post office (today’s Court Building) that was literally bursting at the seams was replaced by a new, larger facility – our present mail center that sometimes seems outgrown as we stand in line to buy stamps or mail a package.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Good company, better service
We would like to thank Devin’s Handyman Service, Gary Boase, David Schramm and James Reed for the wonderful job they did repainting our front fence, front porch, back porch, patio and deck. Everything looks new and makes such a difference in our home.
PASTOR POPHIN: The joy of unity in church
Do you enjoy going to church? I mean, do you really enjoy going to church? No matter how you answer, there are some common reasons — or perhaps we would call them conditions — that would cause all of us to truly enjoy going to church.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Don't judge a book...
Dear Editor: Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when state representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
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