May 16, 2013If we did nothing else, we created a place for people with stories about problems about the government to call and a clearing house on who to call to get something done. This week, even when we have told people that we had actually gone out of business, they insisted on telling us stories about government misbehavior. Also, we have fielded calls for years from people who want to know who to call for this or that, or how to get a public record. We hope someone takes over that job for us because most of the time it only took a few minutes to steer someone in the right direction.
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I want to thank the News & Record for being so kind during what is a trying time for us here at The Rhino Times. Not just The Rhino Times, but our entire industry is struggling, and I greatly appreciate the kind words from the N&R. As Editorial Page Editor Allen Johnson said, our relationship is "complicated," but there is respect on both sides. I have a good idea how hard they have to work to put that newspaper in my driveway every morning and I appreciate it. Some day I hope Allen and I get to continue our discussion on race relations, but I doubt if we ever finish it.
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One reason there is not a big list of thank yous in this edition is that there are way too many people to thank and we didn't want to leave people out. But I would like to thank those who worked to put out this edition. We thought it would be 40 pages, but it grew to 80, which is really good news, but it did mean we had to have more content than we anticipated. Scott Yost and Paul Clark stepped up to the plate to write a little extra for us, and we had one last round of group headline writing. Both Orson Scott Card and Jerry Bledsoe, who are internationally famous writers, offered their considerable talents for this last issue. My nephew Will Hammer and Johnny Smith beat the bushes to bring in some ads. But most of the work as usual fell to Anthony Council, who had to create the ads and the Muse who had to lay out the paper. Geof Brooks, as always, contributed a cartoon as well as his expertise in getting The Rhinos to the people. It's amazing that so many folks who were laid off just a couple of weeks ago would agree to come back and work. But we have a great crew at The Rhino and they pitched in one last time to put out the paper.
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I'm going to miss the Beep. I've read it every week and read a lot of beeps that the readers never got to see. We had some people who called week after week and would say such outrageous things and make such damaging statements that we wouldn't run them in the paper, but they would call back the next week. By the way we never listened to the beep tapes. Some people were convinced we'd recognize their voice but there was no chance of that – the beeps were transcribed by a service that did a remarkable job of getting it right.