Sweet sor­row

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opin­ion - Lisa Neff Man­ag­ing Edi­tor

News­pa­per peo­ple write on dead­line for the here and now.

I like to think of the stac­cato-like style of a news story as a beat­ing drum.

And I like to think Wis­con­sin Gazette — a news­pa­per that strived for ac­cu­racy and truth while pur­su­ing a pro­gres­sive agenda — pro­vided a march­ing tempo for a move­ment.

You’re hold­ing the last is­sue WiG will pub­lish — there’s great sad­ness in ac­knowl­edg­ing this de­vel­op­ment.

As you read the fi­nal is­sue, please take no­tice of the ad­ver­tis­ers on th­ese pages — they’ve sup­ported us and by do­ing so they’ve sup­ported our mis­sion, our or­ga­ni­za­tions, our causes and you, our read­ers.

Also, please take no­tice of the names listed in the mast­head. Th­ese are the peo­ple who’ve made each is­sue happen, who’ve de­voted their pro­fes­sional lives to build­ing a pro­gres­sive news­pa­per be­cause they be­lieve the press is vi­tal to im­prov­ing your lives and the lives of your broth­ers and sis­ters. Es­pe­cially take note of two names on this mast­head, be­cause Wis­con­sin Gazette would not have ex­isted with­out them — Leonard Sobczak and Louis Weis­berg. They’ve risked more than any­one could imag­ine to pur­sue the Wis­con­sin Gazette ideal.

Some years ago, when I de­parted an­other news­pa­per where I worked with Louis, he wrote an ed­i­to­rial say­ing good­bye to me. He head­lined the piece “Sweet Sor­row” and the words then, for me, are the words I think of now — for Louis and Leonard.

Ev­ery­one who read WiG ben­e­fited from their un­com­pro­mis­ing jour­nal­is­tic ethics, their fair­ness and sense of ac­cu­racy and their com­mit­ment to an in­de­pen­dent press. With tire­less devo­tion, they set the bar high — and then cleared the bar many, many times.

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