Well it might be a bit cliche, and I’m sure many opinion columns are all along these lines this week, but I have to take this opportunity to give thanks for the blessings in my life.
Of course the things I am most thankful for are my family, friends and good health, but I am also so thankful to be the editor of our community newspaper and for my family supporting me in the long hours the job entails.
I came into this job with no experience, when Brenda hired me I said “well I majored in history at Boise State, so I am really good at researching things, taking notes and turning the information into something that flows well. Plus I am a news junkie and I love this community.” That was it, the total of my experience,well almost, I had submitted news articles for the Glenns Ferry Gazette as a teenager and had spent one semester as a reporter for the Nampa High School paper before moving back to Elmore County, but that had been a long time ago. The newspaper publisher took a huge leap in hiring me and an even bigger one in promoting me to editor just eight short months later.
I am thankful to our community and readers as well, you all have supported me as I have grown in this position and learned the tricks of the trade. Some of it hasn’t always been the most fluid of transitions as I continue to learn my career on the ground, jumping in with both feet, but you have been patient and many of you have taken the time to encourage me both in person and in emails that I have been sent. It’s not always easy to put yourself out there knowing your words are going to be there for the whole world to see as part of the public domain. Making mistakes in the public is difficult, but you all have made it so much easier and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.