Into the New Year

Brian Golden

While preparing for this year’s Top Stories review, I had the unique opportunity to peruse the majority of the stories which appeared in the Evening Sun throughout 2009. I say unique because really, how many of us have the time or patience to sift through over 250 copies of print.
With the end of the year in sight, I was flabbergasted by the amazing variety of stories that occurred in our little county in a years time. Whether good, bad or just downright crazy, we have an awful lot of news in our community. Some of it was inspiring to me (our president being sworn in kind of sticks out), some of it depressing (friends I’ve lost in the last year) and some just plain humorous (various comments from 30 seconds immediately spring to mind).
Now I’ve been here less than a month (or as Jeff likes to say, 10 minutes), but I can honestly say that these three and a half weeks have been equally exciting, nerve-wracking, surprising and stressful (but not so stressful that I wake up in the middle of the night without being able to breathe and sweating profusely…well, maybe a couple of times).
I guess what I’m trying to get at is that I began here at the very tail-end of a strange and complicated year, what with the continuing wars, political bickering, health care reform, bailouts and so forth. It has occurred to me that I experience the news differently now than I did before working here. In fact, it’s more like I experience life differently since beginning here. I look at this city in a new light, I walk around and wonder what has changed so fundamentally for me and can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s a good thing.
All in all, I just want to wish everyone out there a Happy New Year and express my thanks to Jeff, Tyler and Melissa for being such a big help in these, my first weeks. I look forward to reporting the news for this community and all of you who support the Evening Sun by subscribing. In reality, it’s also you who read the paper I should thank for this job, without all of you there wouldn’t be any news. I hope 2010 brings you all great joy and I’m looking forward to the coming year.