Thank you, readers, for your gift of loyalty

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There’s no other way to say this: Thank you, our faithful subscribers, for continuing to read our stories and search our ads for products you can trust.

Reporters and editors here have been writing stories about Peoria since 1952. Some of us appeared on these pages when we were just children. Others continue to pound on the keyboard because there are still a lot of stories that need to be written about events going on in Peoria.

The city has changed considerably since I left to seek my fortune in the world of stenography. Oh, yes, that dollar-an-hour beginning was an eye-opener. I learned I had to type a lot of letters to earn the paycheck that barely kept my gas tank filled. Oh, and yes, that car payment (and insurance - a rider on my older brother’s policy).

Ah, those were the days, when I thought I was just lucky to have a job. I was one of those unfortunate teens, who had the desire, but not the money, to attend college. Besides, coming from a poor family, there was the desire to earn money to buy things. I didn’t attend college until after I was married. Then, it got complicated.

One of my greatest accomplishments came, in my estimation, when I took my writing to a small weekly newspaper in northern Arizona and submitted articles for consideration. Before long, I was writing feature stories, then hard news, and finally, editing stories and laying out pages. It has been a long journey, but for some strange reason, it never gets old. News is always new, even when there’s a lot of old history to back it up.  

So, why am I telling you this? Because I consider my time spent telling stories a gift. And, it is only made possible because of loyal readers, who may disagree with some things we write, but just keep reading.

Thank you for this wonderful gift. Merry Christmas and have a prosperous and fulfilling new year.