This editorial was written to be published the day after Thanksgiving rather than, as is typical, on Wednesday. The day before Thanksgiving we were all fully engaged.
On that day, dozens of Sentinel employees, including the president, publisher, and other upstairs staff, rolled up their sleeves and joined our hard-working mailroom staff to create our largest edition of the year, marrying our special news and advertising sections.
It’s a day of heavy bundles, dirty hands, and light-hearted camaraderie. It’s how we see that the news and the advertising get out on time.
Then dedicated carriers, motor route drivers, and dealers see that our very special Thanksgiving edition gets to you.
A long line of publishers before us have shepherded the newspaper forward. Just as our parents drilled the lesson into us, we have encouraged in our children the responsibility they shoulder. While our family may own the newspaper, it is the community’s newspaper. And we hold the newspaper in stewardship for the community.
But others are equally important. Without our advertisers, we couldn’t deliver a printed newspaper. Without our regular subscribers, advertisers would not have the breadth and depth of a daily market we are fortunate to be able to offer.
Yes, we are thankful — for our staff, for our delivery contractors, for our advertisers, for our readers, for our community leaders, for our community businesses, for our families, for our ancestors, and for the little children in our families who grow up to ultimately take over for us when we hand over the reins.