One thing America seems to have in surplus these days is journalists, particularly the ink-stained wretch variety. A silver lining in that cloud is a run of pretty nice farewell columns.
Here are two good ones from Maine, from people I once pestered for a job and who now find themselves without one.
I particularly like this one, from Portland Press-Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial Page Editor John W. Porter. I'm struck by it because, unlike the normal writer's good-bye, it is not all about him. It is about the community he has come to know and love.
It also has meaning for New Yorkers thinking about their own governing structures.
- Maine shouldn't cling to the past
Our love of local control and other parochial attitudes threaten to hold the state back.
This one, from Kennebec Journal Publisher John Christie, is pretty good, too. At least for journalists of a certain age.
- What if younger self could see you now?
The older I've grown, the more I see that just about any job can be socially responsible. A factory manager (assuming his mill is up to safety and environmental standards) employs many people, who can feed and shelter their families with their paychecks. A lawyer can make a fine living, but she also can be the means to justice for her clients.
And I'd like to think that putting out a newspaper is a good use of a lifetime, too.
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News