Yelm Blog suspended after today – thank you for 13 years of interest!
Editor’s note: While I have thought about suspending the blog several times over the last few years, something always arose that inspired me to continue. However, this time, I have come to the conclusion that I have fulfilled my mission, and am ready to take a pause. This version of a wise saying is pertinent, “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.”
I published a weekly newsletter from September 2001-January 2012 that had a worldwide subscriber base of over 6,700. I have published a blog entry or several almost everyday since early 2006 – daily for thirteen years as a free public service. I took no money from anyone, so was beholding to no one.
While there will be many politicians, city hall staff, some business leaders, and others that will be elated, yet what will be missing in our community is someone willing to take on controversial issues and provide the public with the documents and insights for them to discern the facts for themselves. My purpose was always to act in the public’s interest and raise the bar here on practicing prudent business ethics, which has been a challenge at times, with some city officials never having a 4 year Business degree (i.e. BBA) or more (post graduate MBA), where they would have been trained in business management and in implementing professional leadership protocols.
And the local newspaper editor has given key issues a “pass” in choosing to omit publishing any Op-Ed in quite sometime, and does not allow some comments they do not like to be posted to their online edition and Letters to the Editor. The NVN has clearly surrendered their voice on key topics for our community and while I oft disagreed with them, I always took a public stand and supported a healthy debate among divergent views here. While I wish such was not the case, their allegiances to “friends” at city hall and elsewhere to not “ruffle feathers” seem to have become more important for the newspaper in 2018 than ecumenical reporting, challenging our area governments on transparency.
So, this will be my last regular blog entry. I will post stories of important issues infrequently, yet will continue to be very involved in this community, the place I love.
13 years of archived work is accessible here, use the “search” box by subject.
The precious scene when Forrest Gump decided to stop running after several years, so eloquently explains my decision, too. I am blessed to have almost 2 decades of serving interested readers and so appreciate your being inspired to read what I have written. THANK YOU! Click here for the Gump video.