Editorial: 2013 was not a dull year in Sooke

Editorial deals with what makes a great community newspaper in Sooke - readers!

It’s been one heck of an interesting year in Sooke and area. From the fire that destroyed our office and archives on July 31, to the bike skills park decision, a loss for the NDP in the May election and the working of the local council and JdFEA, we haven’t had many dull moments.

This editorial column has proven to be provocative and engaging, resulting in our readers expressing their opinions on the letters page. We thank each and every one of you who took the time to write to the editor. Some loved us, some didn’t but that’s the way it goes in small towns. Every one has an opinion, and an opinion is just that – one person’s take on an issue. We have tried to be fair and unbiased in our news reporting, but editorials are another thing all together. Editorials are the place where our opinion is written. It’s our take on what is happening in Sooke and often it is based on what the buzz in town is. It is a barometer of what a whole bunch of people are talking about. We become the guage and take the flak.

Our faithful readers have come through on all fronts, with their beautiful photo submissions and news tips. We welcome them all and only wish we had the space to print everything sent to us. Everyone enjoys reading the letters and we hope you will continue to contribute to the community debate by way of your letters. This is your community newspaper and you help make it what it is.

Our editorial cartoonist, Britt Santowski has laid down her drawing pen and “Olga” will no longer grace the top of page 8. If there is an aspiring cartoonist out there with a wit and penchant for local issues, give us a call, we want to hear from you.

For 2014, we wish each and every one of our readers a new year full of prosperity, promise and good will. Be kind to one another.

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