I made it a point to stop by the Hill Center on Election Day to visit with the candidates, to see how they were all holding up and to speak with the public as they were walking in to vote.
Unfortunately, there weren’t but a few voters who came by while my husband and I were there but what really impressed me was the way our candidates were so cordial and jovial with each other. This was the reason that I decided to come to The Sealy News; the people, the community, the friendships.
In my address to city council on April 25, I enlightened certain parties who sit highly upon the bench and make the decisions that shape our town, about how The Sealy News holds the First Amendment, freedom of speech, so dearly to our hearts. The right to freely express your opinion, good or bad, was given to all of us hundreds of years ago. I have always believed that and always will. This is the foundation of our newspaper and the fire that keeps me returning to work every day.
I believe that Sir William Blackstone may be a past relative of mine. He made a statement, back in the mid 1700s about newspapers that still holds true to today.
“A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, a ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know,” he said.
I am not someone who likes to call anyone out on the carpet but once again I have been asked by city management for email addresses and I can assure you they will not be released.
Again, no means no.
Once again, no I do not care if someone, as you stated to me, “calls me a piece of crap on our website.” This still means that our town is passionate about what they are reading in The Sealy News and yes I would rather live in a town full of passionate people than in a community that doesn’t care at all of what is going on around them.
In closing I would like to give a little advice from my 15-plus years in the public eye. Have thick skin. It’s not personal, it’s business. Be true to your heart. Listen and be slow to speak. Listen to both sides before making a judgment call. Don’t stress, life really is too short!
Karen Lopez is the publisher of The Sealy News.