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A parting “Schott” for local commentary

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Though it has been way too long since I wrote a commentary for Schott in the Dark, it was important for me to provide closure to a column that was at one time very important to our publication and to me personally.
I want to say thank you to each and every one of our readers who expressed their comments to me, both positive and negative, through the years.
When this column was more of a regular piece in The Vandalia Leader, I attempted to provide a fair and balance take on a variety of issues.
For most of the topics, I tried to provide opinions from both sides of an issue while offering my own take where I thought it was important to do so.
When not writing on hot button issues, I also attempted to publicly support the many volunteers who work tirelessly year in and year out on our community events.
And when local governments or school boards needed to be held accountable or be challenged, I attempted to bring more attention to some items in detail with my column as well.
My commentary was also used to tell readers about things taking place with my family.
I had a unique platform, a barrel of ink at my disposal some would say, to brag on my wife, kids, and other family members.
This column was also important for me personally as it did provide me an opportunity to talk about my life as a Christian, who is just trying to serve an almighty God that loves us all.
At the end of the day, this is the best news I could ever write about.
Talking about a God who loves us so much that He sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. He took your place and mine on that cross, conquered death, rose the third day, and now sits on the right hand throne of God. Admitting who He is, believing in Him, and confessing to Him gives those who follow these “ABCs” an opportunity to live with Him in heaven for eternity.
This is the best way that I know how to close out my final Schott in the Dark column.
I’ve enjoyed serving all of our readers for the past 11-plus years.
I am not retiring, though many readers have asked me if I am.
As of the end of the day on Friday, May 10, I will officially be unemployed. This decision came after lots of prayer as I never thought I would step down from any job without having something else lined up. The late nights and long hours have just taken their toll. It’s just time…
Meanwhile, a new publisher has been hired and I’ve been training him for the past 30 days.
If you want stop by and visit me on my final day this Friday, May 10, please feel free to come over between noon and 4 p.m. as we are holding an Open House with a few refreshments and snacks.
For those who feel so inclined to make a visit, I look forward to talking with you. If you can’t make it, no big deal. I still live in town and we will likely run into each other at the new Dollar General Store or County Market. That’s where I see most people.
Thank you all so much for the memories.
This is the official end to the Schott in the Dark column.