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The Newcomer

My private support club

There are a couple people out there-either in the community or cyberspace-who make my day.

They are the ones who jot me a note to tell me they like something I've written. And sometimes they send these missives when more vocal folks have sent in negative comments to our opinion page.

While I wish my admirers would support my opinion on these public pages, I am glad to settle for the intended-for-my-eyes-only e-mail notes. In fact, I not only settle for them, I treasure them. I always have a couple tacked to my bulletin board, covered by a paper that says "Lift this for instant gratification".

Actually, I haven't lifted that little sheet in quite awhile, which means my spirits have been up and I haven't been feeling trod upon. Having been in this news business for more than 20 years, my shoulders are broad and can take a pretty big load of grief.

Truth is, I love to see readers' opinions on the editorial pages because it tells me someone out there is reading what we've worked hard to put together for them.

And I find that different opinions just open the door to new thoughts, new ideas and even new ways of looking at old issues. I'm all for diversity, wherever it is found-in cultures, races, religions and especially on our opinion pages. And, of course, on my e-mail site.

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