Every day I wake up and think, “today I am going to write about that thing in the news from yesterday.” The thing I am thinking about is one of several that came up, but I decided I would research it the next day and make a well-informed post. Then, I read the news and find another six or seven new things to write about.
After another mass shooting, many Americans feel their efforts to stop this madness are futile. Nothing seems to ever change. Another white man kills many people and we are still encouraged to hate brown people. I refuse to hate anyone. I don’t care what color their skin is.
I will mourn today, but I will also go to work and help to put out a newspaper. I will do my part to continue to inform readers. I will think about Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, and Rebecca Smith, and how their lives were cut short because of someone else’s anger. And we will all continue to put out our newspapers.
It’s been known for a long time that I’m liberal, an atheist, and I generally let you know what I’m thinking. I speak for those who can’t. I speak openly about my own mental health issues and try to raise awareness when I can. Yet, I’ve always strived to be respectful to people who think differently and I let other people voice their opinions.
I also know that there are people in this town who hate me because I am different from them, I won’t back down when the truth is on my side, and because they believe the rhetoric that I am “fake news.”