Editor’s Notebook: 1/12/11

Jeff Genung

• ‘Twas two days before the Progress deadline and all through the newsroom, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse …

• Actually, they’re all still here and it’s driving me crazy. I’ve always said that a happy newsroom is an empty newsroom. Plenty of time ahead for that I suppose – my Progress duties begin in earnest Saturday.

• Took a break from the blogosphere yesterday to deal with a problem on the homefront. My 15-year-old beagle, Bailey (whose middle name, incidentally, is “Progress”) had surgery at Pet Street Station this morning, and last night was his pre-op party. Hey, when you’re 105 in human years, you take every chance to party you can get. Happy to report that he came through with flying colors this afternoon. Still some life in the ol’ boy yet!

• In yesterday’s news, I have to say I was impressed by Melissa Stagnaro’s account of a presentation given by Norwich High School Student Government reps to the school board. The kids have taken an aggressive approach to realigning their goals and promoting a cohesive atmosphere with an emphasis on communication and inclusion. Ironic that their message was delivered to an “adult” governing body which seldom applies any of those philosophies. Out of the mouths of babes, eh?

• Shut down the ES Forum last night and deleted an entire thread (about the Arizona shooting tragedy) because it got shockingly out of hand very quickly – and the 10 or so “usual suspects” turned on each other. I understand the sentiment about punishing the whole class because of the actions of a few students, but when I’m checking into evesun.com before bed, that’s my first impulse – and the easiest. We’re working on an alternative solution to this ongoing problem, as the current form obviously isn’t working. Expect to see some changes down the pike. Don’t worry, I won’t mess with ‘30 Seconds.’

• Quick P.S. — I was just informed that Brian Golden burst into tears because I failed to mention his birthday in my blog. Dude, if that’s the highlight of your day …