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Same responsibilities, new challenges

By Susan Odson | Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:30 am

Monday I became editor of the Leader-Courier.  “Became” isn’t entirely accurate, because it’s a job I’ve been doing since last October. That’s when former editor Kelly Kruithoff had surgery for a brain tumor and started his long road to recovery.

Being editor of the Leader-Courier won’t be easy; I’ve got a lot to learn. But as the reality set in that Kelly would not be back for quite a while, I realized that this paper needs a leader, someone who feels the pulse of our communities.

Since October, I’ve been learning to find stories in our towns and look for issues you need to understand. I’m trying to get to know as many of you as I can so I can respond to your concerns and know what’s important to you.

I want to bring factual clarity to this job. My stories need to be accurate and tell you exactly what happened. I want you to feel you can trust me to tell it like it happened. My stories need to take complex subjects and work out the bugs so you can understand them.

The hardest part of this job will be to keep my naturally strong opinions in check. What I feel about an issue is less important than telling you clearly what happened.

It’s going to take a long time to get it right; after all, Kelly was here more than 30 years. There’s no way I can make that up in a matter of months. I need your help, both telling me what stories you want to see in the paper and letting me know when I get it wrong. I’ve already had a lot of sleepless nights, worrying about how to do this job.

But I’m trying, because I know this job is important. The Leader-Courier has been an integral part of our communities for more than 135 years. I join a long line of editors who cared passionately about southern Union County. I’ll do my best to make them proud.