Choose your Words for the New Year
I would like to thank each of you for reading and contributing to the West Texas Tribune for the last eight and one half years. When the idea to start a paper was being formulated the idea was to produce a paper that was positive, informative, and though provoking. I trust that we will always be careful in the way we use the words whether in print or spoken. As a newspaper editor sometimes our words will provoke a wide range of emotions however, as we start this New Year I would encourage all of us to think about what we say and how we say it. I have chosen the words of one of my favorite hymns to make the point. Angry words! O let them never, From the tongue unbridled slip, May the heart’s best impulse ever, Check them ere they soil the lip. Love is much too pure and holy, Friendship is too sacred far, For a moment’s reckless folly, Thus to desolate and mar. Angry words are lightly spoken, bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred, and brightest links of life are broken, by a single angry word.