EDITOR'S LETTER: A chance to create memories in Springs

December 2, 2012
photo - Joe Hight is editor of The Gazette. Photo by Gazette file
Joe Hight is editor of The Gazette. Photo by Gazette file 

Colorado Springs brings back many memories for my family.

There was the time when my youngest daughter, then-2-year-old Elyse, screamed and cried when taking a family photo with Santa at North Pole. Then there was the time when after a pleasant afternoon of hiking at the Garden of the Gods, my oldest daughter, then-14-year-old Elena, lost her first, new cellphone. Or, the time when I admired Oklahoma native Jim Thorpe’s medals and took photos of our family enjoying the Olympic Training Center here.

Those were the times when I was a tourist from Oklahoma staying in Colorado Springs for vacations or a few days before I, my wife, Nan, and our two daughters traveled to Snowmass Village for Elena’s violin camp.

On Friday, I became a resident of the city that I’ve admired from afar for years.

I’ve been reading about the founding of Colorado Springs and how Gen. William Jackson Palmer was so impressed when he first traveled to the region that he left a lasting legacy here. I’ve been impressed with the number of people who carry Palmer’s spirit, who tell me about this community’s attributes beyond its beauty, remind me of the many days of sunshine each year, and are proud of its culture and military heritage.

I also understand the city faces many challenges, from attracting new employers to tackling its crime rate to handling continued growth.

As editor of The Gazette, I want to lead a newsroom that will report on the best of Colorado Springs as well as the challenges that it faces. We will strive to be a newspaper that is balanced, accurate and fair to both sides of issues. It will be one that offers variety to its readers and looks to the future in both print and online. Most of all, we will be a newspaper that cares deeply about its community.

We may surprise you at times, delight you at other times and anger you on occasion. We will be responsive to you and always thank you for caring about what we do. We will seek to correct our mistakes immediately. We want to be a great newspaper for you, our readers, and for this city, county, area and state. We will build upon the solid foundation that is now in place at The Gazette and make changes to reach those goals.

I will always love my native Oklahoma, The Oklahoman, the Thunder pro basketball team, the state’s universities and nonprofits, how it recovered from the Oklahoma City bombing, and, most of all, its people. As The New York Times Magazine said in a recent story about the Thunder, Oklahoma is “a state known for its citizens’ kindness, levelheadedness, work ethic, community spirit and, above all, humility.”

As a new resident of Colorado Springs, I will embrace what Oklahoma has taught me in the past while looking toward the future for this Colorado community.

This is a great opportunity for my family to begin creating new memories that will last for many years. This is a great opportunity to work for a company that has a passion for newspapers and wants to invest in this community.

This is also a great opportunity for The Gazette to create lasting memories for you, the great folks who live in this community.

Please join us as we work together to build a news organization that serves its community and strives to lead the discussion that will make an impact on and build Colorado Springs’ future.

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