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Wrriting for the Sentinel

Mark Tobola

Wrriting for the Sentinel

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November 30, 2020

Not too long ago, I was having a lunch meet-up with a couple of friends at the Dairy Bar in Thorp. By the way, you really need to go get a Bacon Cheeseburger at The Thorp Dairy Bar sometime... As we were ordering, suddenly someone asked me a few questions about my experiences writing for The Sentinel, and how, if any, impact it had upon my business and what the feedback was.  So, I answered the questions, and didn't think much of it at the time.

But now, it has struck me that there is a part of that conversation that I inadvertently neglected to pass along. That very important fact is that I was asked to write for the Sentinel. Travis Rogers really had a back and forth with me about sharing some e-mails we had written back and forth, and printing them as articles. And that's how this began. So, to be clear, I'm writing for The Sentinel because I was asked to do so. And in my mind, that's a HUGE distinction.

I'm not writing so I have a place to throw mud on the wall and stir a pot; I'm writing because I was invited to do so. I'm writing as a duty, and as a privilege, and an honor for having been invited to do so. And I take this seriously, because I'm aware that there is a right and a wrong way to use the words printed in the paper. I make no effort to hide the fact that I write my opinions and my "personal thoughts" on topics here; and I share them to help folks open their minds. That's it. I'm not out to personally sway folks to one opinion or another but, rather, to keep your eyes and hearts open to look around at more options than we think are there.

So, I thought that, especially because of the questions about this the other day, it would be wise of me to share some of this with you all.

Hopefully, the person who asked me the questions can see and read this. I also hope this helps them have a better and deeper appreciation for why I'm writing, too. And maybe this is of benefit to some of the rest of you who are contributing to the paper, as well.


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Mark Tobola

Mark Tobola is a resident of Thorp and weekly columnist.

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