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Opinion column: Hello, new neighbor!

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012

Well, the timeís come, my dear readers.

I am leaving my position as staff writer at The Torrington Telegram. Iíve been promoted and will, as of Jan. 2, 2013, be the new editor of The Platte County Record-Times in Wheatland.

As you might note in the title of this column, Iím thinking of this less as a ďgoodbye, Goshen CountyĒ and more as a ďhello, new neighbors.Ē I wonít be far away, and Iím sure youíll still see me around Goshen County from time to time.

My stay in Torrington and in the county has been a learning experience, mostly of a positive nature. This is my first job outside of Ohio and really the first time Iíve been out on my own.

Goshen County was a dang good place to begin my new life. The people here have been kind to me. Iíve made many friends and very few enemies, and itís been nice to hear feedback from the community, positive or negative. The compliments are great, and discussing the stories can be just as neat. The criticisms and the corrections have their own merit and value; it validates my suspicion people care about whatís in the paper.

My co-workers have also been great. I feel Iíve come a long way in my professional life since May 2010, and much of that can be credited to my superiors and colleagues both past and present. Iíve had something of a family in the newsroom and other departments, and Iím grateful to each one of them.

Iíd also like to thank all the CRT students from the area high schools who helped the editorial department by writing stories and taking photos. Having you in our office proved to be just as much of a learning experience for me as it was for each one of you.

My gratitude will forever be with the many, many sources Iíve contacted. Youíve been honest and reliable and without you, I wouldnít be able to do my job at all.

Of course, Iíd like to thank you who are reading this. You, the reader, have been the focus of all my stories, and to be responsible for bringing you information on the latest meetings, breaking news or bringing you other stories I hoped warmed your heart, made you think or just learn something new about the county and people that surround you.

An added benefit to my experience in Goshen County is meeting my lovely girlfriend, Laura, who I think I need to thank here, too. For the several of you who donít know, it was living in Torrington as a single man that eventually spurred me on to turning to the world of online dating. On a whim, I signed up for a site or two, came across this beautiful, intelligent, ambitious and kind Canadian girl with whom I fell in love. Laura, honey, if youíre reading this, I love you and cannot say enough for the support and love youíve given me.

The New Year will bring a few new starts for me. Iíll be working with contributing writers, advertisers, designers, photographers and many others to make a product that is new to me for a county that is still an acquaintance to me. Iím both nervous and excited about the new opportunities and responsibilities ahead of me.

Thanks for everything, Goshen County. Looking back, I donít think there was a better place to start my career. Itís been a true and humbling honor to serve you.

Hello, new neighbors. Iíll come and see you now and then.

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