I thought I'd wait until the roar died down before I reflect on how we were rushed out of the building. Yes, I am among the displaced Herald-Sun employees who were swept out the first of the year.
What hurts most when reflecting on what we went through and what most of us are going through now is once being proud to say I worked for the Herald-Sun. I was once proud to say, as a second generation employee, that I had been fed by the company since birth, as my father worked there as the Photoengraving Manager for 37 years and I as a manager for almost 27 years.
When I was 11 years old, I used to take a bus downtown in the summer and sit in the photographers' darkroom watching them printing hot news photos. I would also go watch my father in his daily efforts to meet the noon deadlines for the then Durham Sun.
To be doing the same job as my father and developing new and improved methods of printing the newspaper were exciting and fulfilling. Taking the process that my father used and growing the process with the newer technologies was challenging but rewarding.
As I think back, those efforts seem wasted after the layoffs. You see, I wanted to take the next step, and then the next, to continue to improve and make that company better each year. That was a life's work, and I had intended to retire from the company as my father had over 25 years before.
But life goes on. Others are in a worse position than I am. Most of those laid off, including myself, are still looking for placement one month later. We are all very talented, civic-minded and loyal people stomping the pavement wishing to work again and trust the company that would employee us.
I, along with many former colleagues, would like to thank Tom White and our friends at the Chamber of Commerce for trying to assist us in finding employment. We also thank our fellow displaced friends who are trying to look out for each other. And thanks to the community for their response to this situation and their continued support.
What happens to a community newspaper when you take the community out of it?
Why is President Bush turning his back on those who voted for him? With his new proposed budget ("Upfront," Feb. 9), agricultural programs will be cut 17 percent by 2010. Cuts in farm subsidies will hurt Southern states that produce cotton and rice. Veterans' programs will be cut 16 percent. These cuts are hurting the very people who supported him.
The filmmakers Tim Kirkman and Phil Morrison were misidentified in a photo caption accompanying Godfrey Cheshire's story "A Southern Sundance" in last week's issue. In the photo, Morrison is on the left and Kirkman is on the right.