Reporters are a dime a dozen. Sports editors, on the other hand, are a little harder to come by.
If you haven’t already noticed a familiar name missing from the sports pages lately, let me get you up to speed. Pat Newell ended his nearly 20-year run as Sports Editor on Friday, calling it quits to the newspaper and to Chenango County in favor of a new life in beautiful New Mexico. Olé!
This isn’t the first time the newspaper has bid farewell to Pat. If you’re a regular reader, you might recall that his hiatus in 2014 brought about a season of adjustment for The Evening Sun that left somewhat of a bad taste in the mouths of both subscribers and staffers. Live and learn. Fortunate for The Evening Sun, losing Pat this time around means welcoming a new Pat, so to speak. A younger, sleeker Pat. Pat 2.0 for the millennials. Rookie reporter Jim Testani assumed his new role flying solo as our newest Sports Editor on Monday. Jim was a fantastic addition to the news team when he was first brought on board as the crime reporter seven weeks ago, showing an unyielding sense of eagerness to learn more about all things newsworthy in Chenango County. No doubt he has big shoes to fill as the county’s go-to sports guy, but we’re confident in his ability.
Jim’s new role left us with an open reporter position that was promptly filled by newcomer Cameron Turner. Having started during what was the busiest news week of the summer thus far – from a weekend shooting in Norwich, to the ousting of State Senator Tom Libous, to a fatal motorcycle accident in Otselic – Cameron hit the ground running. Now with a week of reporting under his belt (and I think he even has his chair adjusted to the way he likes it), Cameron will be taking on the crime and court beat.
What a waste of space this blog would be if I didn’t address the controversial $15 an hour proposed wage hike for fast food workers. In fairness, fast food’s a demanding job, what with all the burger flipping, fry scooping, shake pouring, toilet scrubbing and floor mopping – not to mention the complications of operating the drive thru speaker (reserved for the more advanced fast food workers). But instead of ranting my opinion on the issue, let me draw your attention to this: The University of Califonia, Berkley, values preschool teachers between $8.63 and $20.99 per hour. This means the folks who are entrusted with molding the minds of children would actually fair better financially by making sure they put the right number of chicken nuggets in their happy meal. Just something to consider.