Thank-you, Jim.


The Victoria Standard - - Editorial -

I was born and raised in the town of Truro. At one point dur­ing my youth, the el­derly cou­ple across the street de­cided that they needed to downsize, so they de­cided to sell their home and have a smaller one built on ad­ja­cent land. Over the next few months, a team came in, cleared an open­ing, lev­eled the pad and poured a con­crete foun­da­tion. And then it sat like that for quite some time.

Sud­denly one day two flatbed trucks ar­rived, each car­ry­ing half of a house. By the end of the day, a brand new home stood in place. At din­ner time, I ex­claimed how amazed I was that an en­tire house had just shown up in the course of a day. Noth­ing. Then Ev­ery­thing. While my par­ents were quick to agree it was an en­gi­neer­ing feat, my father did point out that there was some­thing there be­fore that day. A well-poured foun­da­tion.

In tak­ing own­er­ship of The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard and sud­denly be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the editorial de­ci­sions that go into bring­ing you the best news­pa­per pos­si­ble, I think back to my neigh­bour’s house as a cru­cial re­minder of what I have in­her­ited. While I am ex­cited to make my mark on the news­pa­per, I am ex­tremely grate­ful for the solid foun­da­tion that Jim and Sharon Morrow have laid over the past twenty-four years. I am not start­ing this ven­ture from scratch. Far from it. In­stead, I have a sea­soned vet­eran in John John­son who will con­tinue to be the back­bone of the op­er­a­tion, a won­der­ful team of writ­ers around me, a great base of ad­ver­tis­ers who get their mes­sage out while help­ing make the news­pa­per pos­si­ble and a net­work of peo­ple eager to help en­sure that we cover the news across the County. Most im­por­tantly, through hon­esty and in­tegrity in jour­nal­ism, Jim de­vel­oped a loyal base of read­ers, like your­self, who I now have the plea­sure of serv­ing.

At the At­lantic Com­mu­nity News­pa­pers Con­fer­ence that I at­tended last month in Hal­i­fax, it was sug­gested that a lo­cal news­pa­per is at the heart of a town, vil­lage or county; an in­di­ca­tor of the health and well-be­ing of the com­mu­nity.

Bell­wether Me­dia Inc. is my me­dia com­pany that is now proudly pub­lish­ing The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard. For those un­ac­cus­tomed to the term, a ‘bell­wether’ is an “in­di­ca­tor or pre­dic­tor of some­thing.” Dur­ing the tu­mul­tuous elec­tion sea­son our neigh­bours to the south are in the midst of, you may hear of ‘bell­wether states’ in which their pri­mary re­sults are seen as a pos­si­ble out­come of the gen­eral elec­tion. Though my com­pany was named well be­fore the con­fer­ence, I be­lieve “Bell­wether” is be­fit­ting of the role out­lined by my fel­low mem­bers of the press.

In bring­ing you the pa­per ev­ery other week, I will strive to make the Stan­dard not only an in­di­ca­tor of our County’s vi­brancy, but an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in en­sur­ing its con­tin­ued great­ness. In this re­gard, I am once again in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate to see such a strong foun­da­tion and frame­work al­ready in place.

Andrew Brooks / The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard

James (Jim) Morrow works on his last is­sue of The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard. Af­ter twenty-four years of serv­ing the County, Morrow has de­cided to re­tire from the busi­ness.

Josh Kaiser / The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard

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