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Thanks, Ragman. We know we're far from perfect, but I do try to get across the point to people that a community would be a far worse place without a local newspaper. If you don't support the newspaper because it failed to cover one item of importance to you, imagine what would happen if that publication ceased to exist. Who would publicize any event?
I'm biased on the topic, obviously, but I think a good newspaper is the heart of its community. I understand people wanting to improve their newspaper. I don't understand people wishing it ill. The two families who own the Advocate wish only the best for the communities they serve. I consider myself lucky to work for such an organization. We're stewards of a public trust, even though we're also a private business. We certainly are fair game for criticism in how we exercise that stewardship.
These ingrates should thank their lucky stars they even have a newspaper in Victoria. You guys do a great job. Most of these whiners don't know anymore about journalism, than they do about fornication. Sorry, I love to paraphrase that line from "Patton."