One Small Voice. A Lot of Big Ideas. Let Freedom Ring!
I like to read our local, weekly paper. It contains a “Personal Intelligence” column that informs readers that Sally Nickels had a visit from her granddaughter who goes to the big University and Dan Perkins competed in a half-marathon. It gives the same attention to minutia as it does to breaking news. And it gives every child the opportunity to get their picture in the paper at some point during their childhood. All you have to do is dress up real cute at Halloween, play a high school sport, be crowned homecoming queen or shoot any size buck or doe.
Any female who’s lived here long enough to get married or used to live here growing up always gets her full name printed in the paper: first, maiden, married. It doesn’t matter if she’s a newlywed or has been married 50 years. I asked the editor about that when he wanted to print my “full” name on a byline. I told him it looked funny to me since I haven’t used my maiden name for a very long time. He said ,”Awww, pleaze! People here like that.” I shrugged. I guess he knows his readers want to know exactly who they’re reading about or who’s really behind the article. Could be some history there.
The thing I find most fascinating about our local paper is the advertising. I always learn something new. And often what I learn is a new word or turn of phrase.
Here are two ads from this week’s paper. I recreated these verbatim, changing proper names to protect the guilty.
Gee, I’ve only got 2 1/2 months to get my car deer-hit so I can enter the drawing for a new shotgun. Unfortunately, that isn’t too hard to do around here. I’ve had three deer-hit autos, already. Granted, the last one was 12 years ago but my chances of being deer-hit look pretty good this year since I’ve already had a couple of does cross my path.
And then there are the political ads. We’ve got a highly contested three-way race for County Commonwealth Attorney.
See chopperface at ddreporter.com. Top cop candidate Wes Burgess instigates, launches
personal castigation to bit victim in Perryville Fas Mart, still has not seen the video or
crime scene statements. Please elect us a commonwealth’s attorney that will not recoil
from viewing evidence like you’re holding an alligator.
I have not made up my mind about our local commonwealth’s attorney race. So I certainly plan to visit this website and see what the fuss is about. I don’t want a top cop that has the nerve to launch a personal castigation without knowing all the facts.