Long-time columnist bids farewell
All good things must come to an end. Almost 20 years ago, I submitted my first column to the Sunday News and now it’s time to bid farewell. The new president and newly appointed editor have a different vision for the Perspective section and want to make it more of a place for community dialogue. I’ll certainly miss my part in this but I am confident that they will work hard to make it a good place to turn for a wide range of perspectives on many issues.
Regarding my column, John Kirkpatrick, president of Lancaster Newspapers, wrote, “All columns eventually run their course. What was new, fresh, and insightful at one point becomes less and less so over time. That often is not criticism of an individual but speaks more to the relationship she or he has with the audience, that the audience has with the columnist.”
Evidently the audience was ready for a change and, if that is the case, I accept it with grace and honor. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to be a voice for many readers for such a long time. Over the years, I’ve been encouraged by hundreds of emails and letters from a very diverse readership. I always tried to hear my critics as well as those who supported me. I received an equal amount of response from both.