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Changes to the Yelm Community Blog – a suspension!

Forrest Gump Point, Monument Valley,
The place where Forest Gump ended his run,
Mexican Hat, UT., Courtesy of TripAdvisor

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.

Posted by Steve on January 13, 2019 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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  1. Thank you Steve Klein. Your blog has been a service I, for one, have appreciated.

    Comment by Beatrice Coleman on January 13, 2019 at 2:15 am

  2. Thank you Steve for sharing your knowledge and passion with the rest of the Community. All the best in your new endeavors!

    Comment by Arturo Alonso on January 13, 2019 at 4:10 pm

  3. I read your blog every day. Thank you for all the work, time, and effort you have put into this. Your reporting and viewpoint will be sorely missed.

    Comment by Steve Hurd on January 13, 2019 at 8:48 pm

  4. I’m sorry to learn of your choice to call it quits. But I want to let you know that I’ve enjoyed your blog and as the previous entry has already said, it was appreciated. I hope you get the breather you deserve and maybe come back to this at a later point. If not, that’s understandable. Continue to stay involved, in whatever form that seems appropriate for you and your family. Thank you sir!

    Comment by Sandra Manwiller on January 13, 2019 at 10:01 pm

  5. Say it ain’t so, Kleiner! While I wish you nothing but the best, this feels like a terrible loss for the community.

    Comment by Carlo Bongiorno on January 14, 2019 at 9:29 am

  6. Thank you Steve for your longstanding commitment to the community and your passion to discuss relevant issues with intelligence and sincerity. Your stalwart tenacity was an irritation to those who would rather have sleeping compliance. Wishing you a wonderful Refresh in this New Year. Thank you for being a placeholder during these last years of transition. GodSpeed and Onward and Upward!

    Comment by Susan Janus on January 14, 2019 at 7:17 pm

  7. You will be missed Steve, thank you so much for your insight, guidance and support. I appreciate all you do for the community and myself. Thank you once again, please keep in touch!

    Comment by Cody Colt on January 14, 2019 at 7:54 pm

  8. Your valuable input and reporting will be sorely missed, Steve! Godspeed!

    Comment by Eva Lester on January 22, 2019 at 10:30 pm

  9. Thank you Steve for your ongoing contributions to this community! Your voice makes a difference!

    Comment by Ruth Sparrow on February 17, 2019 at 9:12 pm

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