Giving thanks: Editors, family and good food |

Giving thanks: Editors, family and good food

Rob Galloway
Tribune Publisher

I think Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday — friends, family, alcohol, food and football. Generally, all those things put together make for a pretty good day. Sure, there’s always that one member of the family you have to put up with, but it’s only one day. Thanksgiving should be about putting differences aside and giving thanks for what we have. Whatever that looks like for you this holiday, make it count.

For me, I am extremely thankful to welcome our new editor here at the Tribune, Ryan Hoffman. Ryan comes to us from one of our sister news outlets in Rifle, Colorado — a small town with a population just shy of 10,000. There, he served as editor of The Citizen Telegram.

Ryan brings with him an eagerness to serve the community and a knack for navigating small town dynamics — both of which will serve him well here on the South Shore, and I am very excited to have him aboard.

I would encourage everyone to welcome Ryan and don’t be shy about introducing yourselves. He’s even suggested doing a Q&A if anyone has questions they’d like to ask him — just don’t grill him too hard … yet. You can email those questions to

I also am no stranger to small towns, having grown up in Murphys, California, not too far from here, in Calaveras County. When you grow up in a small town one thing is for certain, you get to know people. And when you get to know people well, they become more than just people — they become friends and in some cases, family. Or, as we like to call it at home, “framily.”

I’ve been truly blessed to grow up with the friends that I did. I don’t know what life would be like without them and I can’t think of a better way to spend Thanksgiving than being surrounded by people who you truly care about.

OK, enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s talk about the thing that most people can relate to when it comes to Thanksgiving — the food. Whether it’s deep-fried turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, leek bread pudding, we all have our favorites. And if anyone is like me, we’ll also get sick of it all after about a week or so of leftovers. Some years I even look forward more toward the leftovers than the actual meal (insert picture of Homer Simpson drooling here).

In all sincerity, don’t forget to give thanks this holiday. For some people it is serving the underprivileged, for others it’s making sure you don’t leave out those people who don’t have family to spend Thanksgiving with — whatever the reason, find joy in the people around you. And, if for some reason, that proves to be difficult, there’s always football.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Publisher Rob Galloway can be reached at or 530-542-8046.

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