THE COMMUNITY’S CONSCIENCE
It is a daunting mission: To stand as the conscience of the community. But that’s exactly what management of the Bradenton Herald expected me to do – for 30 years. As editor of the Editorial Page, I was expected to write the editorials that represented the voice of the newspaper – and the conscience of the community it served. Perhaps that is why there are several references in the book to Don Quixote, for I often felt like the haunted Spanish nobleman on impossible quests as I raised my editorial lance to tilt at the metaphorical windmills of my community: its politicians and demagogues, its opportunists and hypocrites, its slumlords and robber barons. But there were plenty of flower petals strewn in the paths of its saints and heroes, civic servants and volunteers, pastors, teachers and parents. I included many of my coastal Florida community’s characters and foibles in this memoir of my life and anthology of my best personal journalism over a three-decade career at the Bradenton Herald.
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