Editor’s notes: Forming an editorial board at the Tahoe Tribune
Well, we made it.
That reassuring message is less for you and more for me. If I’ve learned one thing over the past two weeks, it’s this: Give yourself more than two days between jobs when you’re transitioning to a new one — especially when that new job is a 13-hour car ride away. You’ll want an extra day or three.
Of course, I’ve learned much more than that lone lesson in the past two weeks. While Thanksgiving was a little more than a week ago, it feels appropriate for me to give thanks.
First and foremost to the team here at the Trib. They are the reason the paper did not miss a beat during the nearly two-week transition period between editors.
They’re also the reason why we were able to get out quality papers last week, and they’re the reason why I still have a full head of hair after that first week. (On a related note: This new guy in town needs a haircut … like four weeks ago. Send suggestions on a good place to get a trim on the South Shore to rhoffman@tahoedailytribune.)
Second, I’d like to thank those of you who have already reached out to me. I received several messages after the Q&A ran last Saturday. One reader reached out asking for the three most important books on my shelf. It was a challenging question, and I feel I rambled a bit in my answer.
Another reader emailed to say, while she enjoyed Wednesday’s cover story on bears, she thought the line “more populated areas, commonly referred to as the urban interface” was quite comical.
“How many ordinary people have you heard say ‘urban interface?’”
Good point. I had to laugh at that one myself, after it was pointed out. I love those emails.
A few people have stopped by to say “hello” in person, and I’ve managed to set aside time to meet with a few more people. Along those lines, I have a pretty healthy list of people to meet with, and I’m always happy to add to it. You can send invitations for lunch, coffee or just a plain sit-down conversation to the same email address as your haircut suggestions.
In the conversations so far, I’ve heard some consistent points regarding local issues.
Change is afoot, and there are some who do not want to see it happen at all or they think it’s moving too fast. Others feel change is long overdue and needs to be fostered.
Among the pressing issues: affordable housing and roads/infrastructure.
There are other issues and observations, for sure, but these are among the more consistent responses I hear when I ask, “What are the issues?”
Over the past two plus years, I’ve had the opportunity to live in and near some pretty spectacular places — mountain towns near water that were going through changes. Housing was not exactly cheap in some of those places, and, in a few cases, there were some locals who saw their community starting to change and did not like it.
Certainly every community is unique, but the problems identified by the people I’ve talked with so far are problems facing other communities in beautiful locations. Finding measured and effective solutions would be something truly unique.
Tribune Publisher Rob Galloway and myself are in the process of creating an editorial board here at the paper. While the makeup and mission are still being crafted, the central concept is simple: Bring together people from diverse backgrounds to identify key issues in the community and how best to address those issues.
When necessary, these discussions will form the basis of editorial positions at the Trib.
Look for more to come on the editorial board.
As for me, I plan to write columns occasionally, but they will be more personal and observational.
If there was one feeling or message I failed to convey in the Q&A, it’s my excitement about being here on the South Shore. Thanks for the warm welcome.