Editorial: Fair and unbalanced

Thursday, June 28, 2012

We're all a little unbalanced at times. In fact, that's how we move forward in the first place -- we learn to walk by balancing on one foot until we can put the other foot in place without falling down.

The Citizen staff has taken a step. Mary Pat Boian has resigned her post as editor; our graphics guru, Perlinda Owens, has done the same and Gwen Etheredge has also moved on. Shift happens, but balance will resume.

The Citizen is taking a step as well. The paper will continue under the managing editorship of Carroll County News' Kristal Kuykendall and with me, C.D. White, as interim Citizen editor.

Cindy Worley, a four-year Eureka resident, has been hired by Publisher Bob Moore and is manning the front desk and navigating the world of classified ads. Within the month, a permanent editor will also be hired by Mr. Moore to ensure the paper's continuity. Chip Ford will still be spotted around town lurking behind his lens taking pictures, and Nicky Boyette will continue be be seen covering various meetings around town for the Citizen.

Our advertising graphics are being forwarded to the Rust Communications design hub in Monett, Mo., and from there to Illinois and, yes, overseas to be completed. (This has previously been written about in these pages.) To our mortal eyes this seems a waste of time and energy, but it puts other people to work and saves the company money somehow, or they wouldn't be riding the outsourcing train with more businesses and organizations than one would imagine -- from health care to manufacturing -- thanks to the world wide web.

Meanwhile, we've been asked to hold down the fort here until the cavalry arrives. If the natives don't burn the place down, who knows what could happen?

We'll miss Oliver and Stephen, Wolf anda Adamson along with the rest of the departed staff -- as we applaud them for having the guts to stand by their convictions no matter how convincing the reasons for change on the part of management may be.

That said, as Bob Dylan adroitly put it in his own misunderstood bid to make some coin rather than be political: "Money doesn't talk, it screams." There's no newspaper at all without advertisers. Speculation about who's leaving or staying and why continues to be a topic du jour around some tables and message boards around town, but the bottom line is always where the money comes from (if it comes) and where it goes.

Putting your money where your mouth is is always contingent on whether you can afford to eat it. And even if you choose to, there may be someone else who depends on you who doesn't choose to put their their money where their mouth is.

So most of the masses plod on with jobs, bills and responsibilities that don't allow them to fully act on their convictions. Perhaps "Judge not," is all we're saying here.

The reasons why management does what it does often lie beyond the ken of independent thinkers. Even Obama must have gotten quite a shock once he was sworn in and became privy to what the presidents before him knew. We can imagine his face in that one scary debriefing that each new president gets as he realized there was no way he could keep all his promises.

Until we have all the facts we don't have all the facts. Someone recently posited that if Walmart had advertised with this newspaper we'd have been all over them with invitations to town instead of writing an editorial opposing a proposed Walmart Express.

The fact is that we already had a request from them for advertising rates before that editorial was ever published. There are still some things money can't buy. As long as we are here to report for you, they will never be for sale.

Meanwhile, the best any of us can do is head toward the light we see, achieve balance, then take another step.

-- C.D. White