The loss of a family
I have not always been the editor of a newspaper. In fact I am a relative newcomer, just nine years, but never have I fretted about doing the job. It hasn't come easy but it has never been worrying either. I am like a fish out of water that quickly grew legs. Ordinarily it is not necessary for me to be an accomplished writer as my main function is in a support role for the real talent, this paper's featured columnists. The writing I do attempt has no need to be great literature either, I inform the readers in as an effective a way possible for me, and it usually suffices. This last week or so has been different, as my personal need to express myself has been a worry for me because for the first time I feel so desperately lacking. For the first time I am completely unable to find the words to adequately describe my feelings to do a very courageous man and his family justice. Tribute is no substitute for emotion but it is the best a community can do to show respect. Individually we grieve.
I did not know Sgt. David Weir and have never met to my knowledge any member of his family, but as a father I feel the need to simply hug them tightly and let my tears do the speaking. Oddly, I am completely at a loss for words to describe my sadness for David's family but could without hesitation describe the anger I feel inside. Many good and accomplished writers have tried to describe grief but always seem to come up lacking because it is indescribable, so I pray David's family and David from his vantage point in Heaven will forgive my inadequacy. To me, losing David was not just a community loss but a personal one for which I have no words.
As a father my heart grieves for family members.
David, I salute you.
Solving illegal immigration
Several years ago I met a man called Edward Choate. Over the years our paths have crossed during my work for the newspaper. I found him to be a likable and intelligent man with a love for this country matched only by my own. He believes in the simple concept of right and wrong and is prepared to work to ensure that right triumphs. He is not a politician or a man with political ambitions but he believes he needs to try to help this great country tread the right path, that is why he is running for US Senate. This "what