Good morning, Netizens…
[Taken from Huckleberries Online]
At Huckleberries request, SR Editor Gary Graham issued this statement re: 12 veteran newsroom staffers who opted to take an early retirement buyout recently: “It's no secret that we're losing 12 veteran, full-time journalists by the end of the year through an early retirement offer. Those who are leaving have played important roles in our journalism for many years and they will be greatly missed as colleagues and friends. The early retirement offer was only extended to employees who were at least 55 years old and had at least 20 years of service with the company. Those leaving include Steve Bergum, Rick Bonino, Jeff Jordan, Vince Grippi, Dave Trimmer, John Blanchette, John Craig, Kevin Graman, Bart Rayniak, Chris Anderson, Gil Hulse and Jim Kershner. I also want to note that some of the familiar names listed here will continue to write for us on a freelance basis.”
Good Lord, look at the array of talented journalists who are retiring!
Although you may recognize some of the names, I personally remember John Craig and Jim Kershner, both who have been writing since I first moved into the Spokane area over a decade ago. I distinctly remember a time many years ago when John Craig was the go-to person at the Spokesman for Stevens County news. Everything, from hellfire and dissension in Springdale's Council meetings, of which there were a lot back in those days, or even a homicide anywhere throughout Stevens County, John always managed to cover the news.
Perhaps that is why I was particularly distressed at reading how various unnamed members of the news media have sought to exploit the news of the early retirees for their own purposes. My only response to this is where were they when news from Stevens, Ferry or Pend O'Reille Counties took place? Do other members of the news media even have a daily column of the news from decades ago, such as Jim Kershner has done? Do the other news agencies even have such continuity?
I don't think so.
They appear to be attempting to suggest that the Spokesman-Review is doomed, that it is an endangered species. To that I say hogwash. However, we did lose a few friends due to retirement. I wish them all well.